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Fines and fees are bad business for Florida.

Our state needs smarter investments.

Imposing and collecting court fines and fees is bad business for Florida. They waste taxpayer money, law enforcement’s time, and needlessly punish hard-working families and young people. Instead of bringing in revenue, these fines and fees are stunting our economy and taking away Floridians’ freedom to work and drive. We need smarter investments.

This 90 second video quickly captures why Florida’s license suspension laws make no sense >

Current fines and fees laws stop people from working, driving and paying debt.

If you can’t afford to make a fine or fee payment, Florida takes your license and, with it, your freedom to drive and work. Losing your license makes everyday tasks like caring for your children or buying groceries nearly impossible. These needless license suspensions also cause businesses to lose employees that can no longer drive themselves to work. Read the stories below to understand the real impact of license suspensions:

The vast majority of suspensions are not for dangerous driving. See your county’s suspension data >

Join our campaign to end debt-based license suspensions.

It’s time for Florida to join the dozens of other states in ending license suspensions for unpaid court fines and fees. Are you or your organization ready to be part of the movement to end this counterproductive practice? Our current supporter network includes 50+ organizations.

Use this form to submit your interest in joining the Driving Success Campaign >

Juvenile fees trap young people and their families in lifelong debt.

In the juvenile justice system, children and their families are billed for their involvement with the courts. Young people who owe debts end up with higher recidivism rates and stay on probation longer. They are also are unable to expunge their records, obtain driver’s licenses, participate in job corps programs, or enroll in the military because they are assessed fines and fees they cannot afford. The majority of those affected are young boys, many of whom come from poor families.

Help eliminate juvenile fines and fees in Florida.

The movement to end juvenile fees is gaining momentum across the nation. In 2021 alone, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Louisiana and California have all passed reforms to stop punishing young people and families with juvenile fees.

Do you or your organization want to be part of Florida’s efforts to reform juvenile fees? Get in touch >

Resources for Advocates

Florida’s Fines and Fees Issue Explainer 2021

Driving on Empty: Florida’s Counterproductive and Costly Driver’s License Suspension Practices

Suspended in the Sunshine State: Interactive Maps Showing Florida’s Driver’s License Suspensions Across Counties

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