TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida is suing the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to stop automatic driver's license suspensions when criminals can't pay court costs and fines.
The suit was filed on Wednesday on behalf of Reginald Foster of Broward County. The ACLU claims Foster's rights were violated when the five-time felon wasn't allowed to challenge his license suspension.
The ACLU says the state has suspended the licenses of more than 211,000 other drivers for not paying court costs and fees.
The organization says that Foster doesn't have the ability to pay the $5,450.69 he owes because his part-time job only pays him $1,200 a month. The suit also says Foster can't find a better paying job because he can't drive.