Florida Investigation

Deputy fired for misusing driver’s license database

After months of an investigation in Florida, it has been revealed that several law enforcement officers have been illegally using driver’s license databases to illegally access people’s personal information.

Everyone’s driver’s license information is stored in a central database known as D.A.V.I.D (the Driver and Vehicle Information Database) that receives about six million hits a month.  It is reported that officers were illegally accessing this database to look up information on celebrities, reporters, and ordinary citizens.

Although the system is password protected, the photos and social security numbers of hundreds of thousands Florida drivers are int he system.

To read the full story, visit the ABC7 News website.



Will Weatherford

House Speaker Will Weatherford’s Bill will make it easier for suspended drivers to get their licenses back

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.

To read the full story, visit The Florida Current’s website.

Florida driver's license

Florida driver’s license problem

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) mistakenly sent several driver’s license suspensions to motorists without any issues.  If a driver received a notice, the DHSMV insists that they first check the status of their license through the DHSMV website.  This only applies to people who received a driver’s license suspension notice after March 31, 2014.

To read more, please visit the Fox 4 website.