License suspensions can start an endless chain of cycling through the criminal justice system, especially for people in rural areas who need their cars to travel to work, health appointments and grocery shopping. In 2019, 11 million people in the United States had their licenses suspended for debt-related reasons, reports correspondent Elizabeth Flock, adding that the suspensions do not guarantee that people actually stop driving. If caught driving without a license, these individuals may then be subject to further fines or even jail time, exacerbating the problems created by the original suspension.
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