Unpaid parking tickets
Laws vary by state. A violation that triggers a license suspension in New York may not do so in Oklahoma. But every jurisdiction in the United States and Canada has at least some - or many - laws on the books that suspend driving privileges for things that have nothing to do with driving.
"The legislatures have been thinking it would be a good idea to encourage people to pay their fines," says Nichole Yunk Todd, a founding director of Wisconsin's Center for Driver's License Recovery and Employability. "We cannot find a state that doesn't do it."
One of the most common ones is for unpaid parking tickets. Given that late fees typically accrue, and a suspension can last until the fine is paid, you sure don't want to land a $600 ticket in Seattle or a $1,000 ticket in San Francisco.
Pages in this slideshow:
- 12 ways good drivers lose their licenses
- Unpaid parking tickets
- Borrowing the wrong car
- Possessing alcohol as a minor
- Driving without insurance
- Bounced or bad checks
- Litter, overdue library books and more
- Overdue student loans
- Failure to pay child support
- Marijuana possession
- Prostitution, public intoxication and more
- Failure to appear in court
- Fuel theft, piracy and a lot more