Sometimes you just need to generate "drive" in people to get them to do what's right.
Since 1996, the Tennessee Department of Human Services has tried to instill motivation into thousands of non-custodial "dead beat" parents to pay their child support with it's implementation of a License Revocation program. In Memphis and Shelby County, more than 7-thousand "non-payers" currently meet the criteria for license revocation due to non-compliance with a child support order. However, on Saturday, Shelby County Child Support Services is offering "deadbeats" a chance to temporarily put the "brakes" on having their licenses snatched if they participate in Project Drive.
Spurred on by millions of dollars in unpaid responsibilities, the DHS License Revocation program didn't get off to a peddle to the metal start. After it's first year as a law in Tennessee, only 148 licenses, driver, fishing or otherwise were revoked state-wide. But, through succeeding years the revocations have sped up from 14-hundred in 2000 to 7-thousand by 2004. On Saturday from 10am to 2pm at the Shelby County Child Support Services office, located in the 39-hundred block of Mendenhall Road, the staff will work to parents to reinstate revoked driver and professional licenses for a discounted fee of 750-dollars per case to an effort to get them back on track with their child support obligation. Also on hand will by various community organizations ready to give advice on finding employment and offering family counseling. That money you bring will be applied first to the outstanding obligation and secondly to back payments due.
Seems simple enough doesn't it? "Just Honk" if you can't understand.
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