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Sexual Predator Driver’s Licenses

December 28th, 2007 by flanews

Since summer, Florida law requires convicted sexual predators and offenders to have a code on their driverís license that identifies them.† Florida is the only state with this requirement.† As Chris Casquejo tells us, the sheriff who pushed for the law hopes other states follow Floridaís lead.

Here it here: Sexual Predator Driverís Licenses

You have to look closely to see whether a person is a sexual predator or offender by their driverís license.† The identifier, a small number in the lower right hand corner.† Jefferson County Sheriff David Hobbs came up with the idea.† It became law in July.† He believes it helps officers quickly identify if someone could cause trouble when computer systems go down, like during a hurricane inside a shelter.

ďI think the public needs to be made aware if it, at any costs,” Sheriff Hobbs said.† “Thatís a lifestyle that individual chooses.† And I personally have no tolerance or patience for an individual that would do anything to a child.Ē

Sexual predators and offenders already have to register with the state.† They also have limits on where they can live.† Some parents like Jason Knowles wonder if the law goes too far.

ďI donít know if thatís the best way to identify who sex offenders are, by putting a marking on their driverís license,” Knowles said.† “But I think it is important to identify who the sex predators or potential child molesters are.Ē

The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles says there are no known issues with the requirement.

Because kids often canít protect themselves, the sheriff behind the law hopes other states adopt similar measures.

ďIf you stop a car on the interstate and thereís a small child in there with this individual, do you know if itís his child, do you,Ē asked Sheriff Hobbs.

A sexual predator or offender who fails to register with DHSMV could face up to five years in prison.

You can look at the stateís sexual offender database online at www.offender.fdle.state.fl.us

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