Several days ago I read an article in the Miami Herald about the number of people in Miami-Dade County whose drivers licenses had been suspended. That number was mind-boggling.
I got to wondering after I read the article what I might have guessed the number to be if I’d been asked before. First, I know there are a lot of people living in the county – close to 2.8 million, and according to the article there are about 1.8 million licensed drivers. Second, I know there are several reasons licenses get suspended: serious and/or multiple traffic offenses; failure to show up in court when cases are tried; and failure to pay related fines or fees come to mind. I would have guessed that the vast majority of people either don’t get cited for traffic violations, or if they do will either pay their fines or obtain legal help to fight their cases. So I would have thought that at the very worst maybe two to three percent of people would end up having their licenses suspended. That would have led me to an estimate of from 36,000 to 54,000, and I would probably think that I was a bit too high.
The actual number is approximately 550,000! That’s 29 percent of Miami-Dade County drivers! Yikes!