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TX Repeal FFJC Joint Statement

September 9, 2019
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Joint Statement on State of Texas
Repeal of the Driver Responsibility Program
From FFJC Florida State Director Ashley Thomas along with Alliance for Safety and Justice,
Americans for Prosperity, American Civil Liberties Union, Southern Poverty Law Center, and
the Florida Policy Institute
“On September 1, ​Texas abolished the Driver Responsibility Program - a program that resulted in driver's
license suspensions when people fell behind on their payments. Texas will also automatically reinstate
640,000 driver’s licenses previously suspended under that program, and another 350,000 people will
become eligible to have their licenses reinstated. Lawmakers in Texas understand that debt-based
driver’s license suspensions ​not only prevent people from earning the money they need to pay their
debts, but also undercuts their ability to support themselves and their families, and undermines public
safety​. We applaud the State of Texas for ending the counterproductive and harsh practice of
suspending driver’s licenses for unpaid fines and fees.
“​Nearly two million Floridians have a suspended license, not because they are dangerous drivers, but
because they are unable to pay fines and fees imposed for traffic and toll violations, misdemeanors, and
felonies. ​Florida suspends driver’s licenses to motivate people to pay their fines and fees, but people
can’t be motivated to pay money they don’t have. Ninety percent (90%) of Floridians drive to work, and
studies show that 50% of people who lose their license also lose their job.
“Texas joins Virginia, Mississippi, Idaho, Montana, California, and Washington, D.C. in ending court
debt-based driver’s license suspensions. Florida should be next. It is time for Florida to pass legislation to
end driver’s license suspensions for unpaid court debt and reinstate the licenses of the nearly two
million Floridians struggling to pay their fines and fees.”