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Personal Narrative: Russell Hayes

During the early morning of January 2, 2019, Hayes was pulled over for his headlight and the officer informed him that his license was suspended. Hayes had no idea that his license was suspended and later found out that it was because he had unpaid tickets from 5 to 6 years ago.

Personal Narrative: Matthew Holland

Matthew Holland is a 32 year old African-American male living in Spring Hill, FL. His license has been suspended for seven years due to unpaid criminal court debt that he owes dating back to convictions as an 18-year-old in 2006.

Personal Narrative: Marlo Knapp

Knapp's license has been suspended since March of 2010 due to unpaid fines and fees that she owes in Escambia County totaling near $7,000 stemming from a mix of both traffic and criminal cases.

Personal Narrative: Melanie Schneidau

Melanie Schneidau is a white, 45-year-old resident of South Carolina. As a mother, she tries her best to care for her children but she has not been able to provide basic healthcare for them for years due to her license suspension.

Florida SB 734: Penalties and fees; driver’s license suspensions

The bill provides that driver’s licenses may not be suspended for failure to pay fines and fees unless the person has the ability to pay but refuses to do so. It also provides that courts must provide alternatives to immediate payment of fines and fees for people who are indigent, such as payment plans and community service.
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