Twin Ports Implements New Driving Diversion Program

By KBJR News 1

March 14, 2012 Updated Mar 14, 2012 at 5:38 PM CDT

Duluth, MN - (Northland's NewsCenter) - There is an estimated one-hundred thousand people in Minnesota and Wisconsin currently driving without valid driver's licenses.

To help combat that problem a private company called Diversion Solutions out of Red Wing, Minnesota has created a program designed to help those whose licenses have been revoked or suspended, get re-activated.

The St. Louis and Douglas County Attorney's Office along with the City of Duluth and Superior have signed on to work with the company.

Diversion Solutions works with the Department of Motor Vehicles in finding ways for offenders to set up payment plans for fines and help them find companies to insure them.

Before being accepted into the program participants must pay 3-hundred dollars and take courses designed to help them make better life decisions.

To help keep participants accountable they must report in every month to the company.

"There's people that owe thousands of dollars, there's millions of dollars owed to county and state and local government and through this program we hope that people can arrange payments so that they can make payments and get their license back immediately so they can stop driving suspended."

The Driving Diversion Program has been active in a handful of cities and counties in Minnesota since 2009 including Duluth.

The program will now be expanded to all of St. Louis County and across the bridge.

The program does not work with people who are driving after cancellations or have DUI's or other driving felonies on their record.

This program is the only one of it's kind in the U.S.

Written for the web by Danyel Piecek.