Driving a car is a privilege. It makes sense that the government should have the authority to set qualifications for who can operate a motor vehicle and to suspend or revoke the licenses of unsafe drivers. But while driving may not be a right, for many people in Illinois it is a necessity to live and provide for their families. More than 80% of Illinoisans drive to work, and a valid driver's license is a prerequisite just to apply for many jobs, whether or not the job involves driving.
- 52% who had their licenses suspended as a result of non-driving violations missed out on an employment opportunity as a result of the suspension
- 72% of the survey respondents would need to pay more than $500 in order to re-obtain a valid license
- 31% of the survey respondents would need to pay more than $3000 in order to re-obtain a valid license