By Micah Tempel, Director, Suspended to Reinstated Project, KLS. More than 200,000 Kansans have a suspended driver’s license, and the vast majority of these suspensions — 150,000 — have nothing to do with dangerous driving or posing a public safety risk on the roads. Instead, an inability to pay a traffic fine or missing a court date leads most Kansans to a suspended license, compounding their economic hardships by making it illegal for them to drive to work, to the grocery store, and to take their children to school.
Suspended to Reinstated Clinics will be held in many locations. Watch this space to see the schedule of the clinics - dates, times and locations. Clinics will be held over the next two years and beyond. Other parts of the state will be hosts to clinics. The first year of the program will concentrate on Topeka and Shawnee County where 11,000 persons have suspended driver's licenses. Materials needed at appointment: An ID, current insurance card if you have it, any documents from the courts or the state in reference to your traffic issues.
Can't afford your traffic tickets but still need to drive? Kansas lawmakers consider help Jason Alatidd, Topeka Capital-Journal September 8, 2023 Kansas lawmakers are looking for ways to help low-income people avoid losing their driving privileges if they can't afford to pay a traffic ticket.
Gov. Laura Kelly on Tuesday, April 18, signed a bill removing mandatory jail time for driving with a license suspended or revoked for failing to appear in court on a traffic ticket or failing to pay a traffic fine.
Kimberly Williams and her kids
Watch this video on the changes in Kansas.
SB 127 addresses some of the issues Kansans are facing with suspended driver’s licenses. In 2021, Governor Laura Kelly put into law legislation that seeks to address the issue of suspended driver’s licenses and make it easier for Kansans to resolve this issue. “I’m excited. I’m excited for the thousands of Kansans it will help drive legally,” said Wichita Democrat Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau. “During this time, so many people are struggling. They need to get to work to take care of their families. This is an exciting day.”
Here are the slides from the free webinar KLS held on Driver's License Issues in Kansas. You can download them below. Here is a video of the webinar.
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