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The number of the week is ...



... 11,375. That's the number of non-licensed Florida drivers who received notice for the second quarter of the school year that they aren't eligible to get a license. Why? Too many missed school days. Florida law says that minor students who have more than 15 unexcused absences in a 90-day period are not eligible to apply for or receive a driver's license. The goal is to get kids to come to school, not to keep them from driving, state officials say. And, they say, it seems to be working. For 2004-05, only 4 percent of students who got one suspension notice actually got a second. To see how each county stacks up, click here. The five counties with the most student license suspensions in the latest quarter were Duval (338), Miami-Dade (275), Sarasota (205), Broward (203) and Polk (192).

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:15am]


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