PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- The Arizona Department of Transportation reinstated the licenses of thousands of drivers Wednesday, in accordance with a new law that went into effect the same day.
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SB 1551 bans courts from suspending a person's driver license for the sole reason of not paying a traffic fine or fee. The law also required ADOT to retroactively reinstate the driver's licenses of people whose licenses had been restricted or suspended for the same reason.
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Arizona's Family has learned that ADOT is not informing the 34,000 Arizonans that they can now legally drive again. ADOT has posted the development on its website.
Phoenix mom Savannah Romero had her driver's license suspended a few months ago. She had no idea it was reinstated, until she showed up at the MVD office on a different matter. "Now, I can get back to finding a new job and be on my way," said Romero.
Currently, the only way these drivers will know that their license has been reinstated is by going to ADOT's website and checking the status of their license. But how will they know they are supposed to do that?
Doug Pacey is assistant communication director with ADOT. Pacey sent Arizona's Family this statement:
"ADOT's focus until now was getting the implementation of this new law in place. Driver suspensions and restrictions change daily and until the implementation occurred yesterday, Sept. 29, there was no way to know what individuals would be affected. We are considering options for reaching out, but nothing has been determined."
When Gov. Ducey signed the bill into law, he said, "Taking away an Arizonan’s drivers license when they can’t pay for a traffic ticket just doesn’t make sense. People need to drive to places like medical appointments, school and work to earn a living."