Since being piloted in 2009, the Drivers Diversion Program (DDP) has helped more than 20,000 individuals to pay back fines and fees, keep their vehicles insured and drive legally, according to Director of Partner Relations for Diversion Solutions Tom McCullough. After the Minnesota legislative June 2019 Special Session, the DDP was approved for the entire state. McCullough is optimistic about the impacts this program can have on the Grand Rapids area.
“DDP was developed to support participants in paying any outstanding citations and fulfill state-designated requirements necessary to reinstate a participants driver’s license,” according to the Driver and Vehicle Services of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
Minimum requirements of the participants in DDP include adhering to payment plans for fines and fees, participating in training, acquiring and maintaining insurance, being approved by Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) and they cannot have any major violations while in the program. Not everyone is eligible for the program.
Program ineligibility includes owing child support without a payment plan, fleeing an officer, Criminal Vehicular Operation (CVO), canceled Inimical to Public Safety (IPS), theft of a motor vehicle, fifth-degree felony and DUI or DWI (before hard revocation is complete.)
“We are hopeful that the program can be regularized so that it can be more readily available to qualified participants,” McCullough commented. “Local familiarization of the program will increase public awareness.”
McCullough outlined benefits the program offers to its participants. For example, participants are able to use their vehicles for jobs and community functions “without fear of citations for past suspension or revocations violations,” McCullough said.
Since the program requires participants to have vehicle insurance, the community and the participant are safer. The program also provides hope to those who are struggling to pay off citation debt by providing affordable repayment plans customized to each person.
“It is a win-win-win for the community, public safety, and for the participants. Since the Minnesota Department DVS/Public Safety will not approve anyone that they determine has a history of being dangerous on the roads- the public needs to know that the program targets the working poor, not those that have egregious driving histories,” McCullough stated.
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