ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Thousands of Minnesota residents are caught in a bind every year, losing their driver's license because they can't afford to pay their traffic tickets.

Republican state Rep. Nick Zerwas of Elk River says these drivers fall into a "debt trap."

Now Zerwas and a bipartisan group of other state lawmakers want to help Minnesota residents struggling with unpaid tickets get a provisional license so they can drive to work.

Zerwas says many residents with suspended licensees continue to drive in order to keep their jobs because their only option is to quit or get fired.

The Department of Public Safety reported that it revoked or suspended the licenses of more than 35,400 drivers as of Dec. 31.