In the hopes of reducing the amount of suspended licenses in Florida, Senator Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel) added the amendment SB 1272 to an omnibus transportation bill.
Similar to amendment HB 1181, which was sponsored by Majority Whip Dana Young of Tampa, Sen. Weatherford’s bill will make it easier for drivers to get their licenses back who have had them suspended for non-driving related incidents. Specifically, they will be allowed to receive a restricted license, thus allowing them to travel to and from work only. Additionally, first-time offenders of writing a worthless check will no longer automatically receive a suspension, and drug offenders will have the length of their suspension reduce from two to one years.
Weatherford believes that the 1.3 million licenses suspended or revoked during the last fiscal year should be reduced, so people can continue going to work and supporting their families. He believes that driver’s license suspensions have become a form of punishment that is often not even related to driving incidents.
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