Pennsylvania law could result in license suspension for certain drivers

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | Friday, October 26, 2012

A new law in Pennsylvania could soon result in loss of driving privileges for motorists and others who fail to take care of debts owed for incidents of bad driving.

Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law a bill that is supposed to help the state collect about $90 million for victims of driving related offenses through restitution.

State law now requires a minimum 50 percent of payments made by a defendant to be applied to restitution.

Previously HB1617, the new law allows Pennsylvania courts to suspend the driver’s license of any defendant failing to pay full restitution for such incidents as striking a building. The rule change takes effect in early January.

Rep. Keith Gillespie, R-Hellam, said the change allows the courts “to make people responsible for their irresponsible actions.”

He noted that driving-related infractions often result in large sums of money ordered by the court to be paid as part of restitution.

“(The new law) gives the courts a tool for ensuring that restitution is paid and victims are made whole,” Gillespie said in a statement.

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