Arizona Governor Signs Legislation To Protect Drivers

Arizona Governor Signs Legislation To Protect Drivers

Legislation Ends Drivers License Suspensions For Outstanding Traffic Ticket Fines

PHOENIX, AZ (STL.News) Governor Doug Ducey signed legislation to ensure Arizonans won’t have their drivers license suspended if they can’t afford to pay for traffic fines or fees.

“Taking away an Arizonan’s drivers license when they can’t pay for a traffic ticket just doesn’t make sense,” said Governor Ducey.  “People need to drive to places like medical appointments, school and work to earn a living.  There’s no sense in getting in the way of that when they can’t afford the fine, especially when there are other steps the courts can take to collect fees.  My thanks goes to Senator Paul Boyer for leading on legislation that will protect working families and Arizonans in need.”

After Senate Bill 1551 passed the Arizona House and Senate with unanimous support, Reason published an article stating this is “a move that advocates say will affect roughly 30,000 people in the state.”

Approximately 31,000 driver licenses are currently suspended for failure to pay alone.

The legislation ends the practice of suspending or restricting a person’s drivers license for failure to pay a civil penalty, surcharge, or assessment alone. 

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