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Public Safety committee votes to extend DRIVE Program

Public Safety committee votes to extend DRIVE Program
January 12
14:24 2022

Earlier this week members of the city’s Public Safety committee voted to extend the DRIVE (Driver Restoration Initiative and Vocational Expansion) program for an additional ten months.

The district attorney’s office initially began a driver’s license restoration program in 2015 with the purpose of giving the city’s financially challenged or low-to-moderate income citizens an opportunity to have their driver’s license restored. In 2020 the Winston-Salem City Council allocated $275,000 in funding to support the expansion of the program. So far, the DRIVE Program has waived fees totaling $83,684 on 587 criminal charges and the program received an average of 10 applicants each day.

The initial 18-month contract for the DRIVE program was scheduled to end on Jan. 31, but with the extension approved by the Public Safety Committee, the program will continue to offer services for citizens in need.

For more information on the Forsyth County DRIVE Program, visit www.forsythdrive.org.

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