5,279 Coloradoans Still Driving Because Of Backlog

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) Officials say the number Colorado drivers who should have lost their licenses but can still drive legally because of a backlog at the department of motor vehicles is higher than originally thought.

KMGH-TV in Denver reported earlier this month that an estimated 3,000 Colorado motorists whose licenses should’ve been suspended are still behind the wheel.

That’s because the state has only 17 hearing officers to handle traffic violations, so it can take up to seven months for a Driver’s license to be suspended.

The exceptions are drunken-driving or vehicular homicide cases, which require a hearing within 60 days of the conviction. Following the station’s report, the head of the department of Revenue asked DMV officials for an exact number of drivers awaiting a hearing.

The station reported Wednesday that further review showed the number actually is 5,279. And of those, 268 drivers have committed additional traffic offenses and remain behind the wheel.

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