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PIP License Loophole

October 8th, 2007 by flanews

The expiration of Florida’s no-fault auto insurance has left hundreds of thousands of suspended drivers with a gift.  They can drive again.  As Chris Casquejo tells us, other drivers don’t like the idea of sharing the roads with them.

Here it here: PIP License Loophole

Until October 1st, Florida drivers had to prove that they carried personal injury protection insurance, or PIP.  But since that law expired and won’t be back until January at the earliest, hundreds of thousands of drivers who didn’t have PIP or could not prove they had it are now free to get behind the wheel.

“Under the PIP law, there were some three hundred to four hundred thousand drivers who had suspensions or pending suspensions” said David Westberry, the deputy executive director of the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.  “The Department no longer has the authority to sanction them.”

The Department knew this was going to happen, but examiners behind the counter aren’t making much of an effort to tell those drivers they have their licenses back. 

Many of the drivers getting their licenses renewed weren’t aware of the temporary lapse in enforcement.  And they believe someone whose license was suspended for lack of insurance equals someone who should not be on the road at all.

“With no license they most likely don’t have insurance,” said Sam Wilson.  “It’s just bad for everybody.”

“Because they are not responsible, they need to not be driving” said Ihesha O’Neal.  “That’s why their licenses are suspended.”

The reinstatement is a gift for hundreds of thousands of drivers unless they get pulled over after January 1st, thanks to lawmakers who couldn’t find a way to save PIP before October 1st.

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