Jacksonville, FL — It's about getting people back on track and back on the road-- legally.
The State Attorney's Office in the Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida is announcing the launch of a new program called 'KEYS 2 Drive' in partnership with the Duval County Clerk of Courts, judiciary, and local law enforcement.
The diversion program will provide a more streamlined opportunity for select, minor traffic offenders to obtain a valid driver's license.
Specifically, the program is geared to individuals whose primary offense includes driving while their license is either suspended or revoked, which applies to those without a valid license, an expired license, improper license, or misdemeanor driving while license is suspended or revoked.
Sex offenders, those with suspensions from major criminal traffic offenses, and non-Florida residents are not eligible to take part.
Those wishing to take part in the 'KEYS 2 Drive' program would be required sign a referral and agree to return to court at a later time. A judge would then pass the case for 45 days to confirm acceptance and then file an acceptance notice. From there, the person applying would be placed in the program. Once the program's complete, charges are dropped.
JSO Sheriff Mike Williams saying it'll be a win for everyone involved, "The KEYS 2 Drive program offers an alternative to a sentence of jail time for non-violent offenders, but more importantly, allows program participants an avenue to get back on the right path-- without a criminal record, keeping their jobs, and their intact."
KEYS 2 Drive is currently available in Duval County, with the Duval County Clerk of Courts saying its partnered with the State Attorney's Office to provide financial payment plans, as well as accommodations for participants.
The State Attorney's Office says having a valid driver's license can break what can often become a cycle of suspensions, fines, and fees.