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Illinois eliminates driver’s license suspension for non-moving violations

CHICAGO (WREX) — Gov. Pritzker signed legislation Friday that eliminates driver's license suspensions for most non-moving violations, reinstating driving privileges for tens of thousands of Illinoisans.

The License to Work Act hopes to get more Illinoisans back to work. More than 50,000 Illinois licenses are suspended each year because drivers cannot afford to pay tickets, fines, and fees. The state says suspended licenses hinder an individuals' ability to maintain employment and pay off fines and fees, keeping people trapped in a cycle of debt and unemployment.

A non-moving violation occurs when a car is not in motion and is parked while a moving violation can be any violation while the car is moving, such as speeding, not using a turn signal or drag racing.

Non-moving violations are usually from faulty equipment or parking violations, such as parking too close to a fire hydrant or too far away from a curb, or excessive muffler noise and illegal window tinting.

"With this bipartisan legislation, Illinois now recognizes the fact that suspending licenses for having too many unpaid tickets, fines, and fees doesn't necessarily make a person pay the bill but it does mean that people don't have a way to pay. We, as a state, have a vested interest in making sure all our residents who need their licenses to apply to a job or an apprenticeship program, or who already use their licenses to drive to work, to the grocery store, or to the doctor, don't lose those opportunities because of a practice that reinforces cycles of instability."

Gov. Pritzker

"Over 50,000 Illinoisans have suspended licenses because they simply can't afford to pay tickets or fines," said House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R) Burr Ridge. "This bill stops a practice that doesn't fit the times and is the right thing to do."

Senate Bill 1786 takes effect on July 1, 2020.

Breane Lyga

Breane Lyga is the content manager at 13 WREX. She joined the team in 2015 as the 5, 6 and 10PM news producer after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She was 13 WREX’s assignment editor from 2017 to 2018.

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