U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) waves to the crowd with his wife Jeanette after he announced his bid for the Republican nomination in the 2016 U.S. presidential election race during a speech at Freedom Tower in Miami, Florida April 13, 2015.
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Race to the White House? Rubios’ driving record under scrutiny

Bill Clinton once said one of the biggest drawback to the presidency is losing driving privileges. But if Sen. Marco Rubio is elected, that restriction could be a boon.

The Florida senator and his wife, Jeanette, have incurred 17 driving tickets in less than two decades of living in Florida, The New York Times reported on Friday.

The couple has received numerous citations for speeding, careless driving, and blowing red lights. On four different occasions, they agreed to take lessons to improve their driving.

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Rubio, the youngest presidential candidate in the race, has incurred four driving citations, including careless driving, speeding, and running a stop sign. He attended driving classes twice for these infractions.

His wife — who has the more spotted driving record — has 13 citations to her name, and her license faced suspension three different times after violations that include speeding, not carrying documentation of insurance, and not completing the requiring driving classes after a previous citation.

The couple has spent more than $1,000 on traffic penalties. After Rubio was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010, he hired a lawyer to handle his traffic fines and several were dismissed. At one point, the attorney was successful in delaying and stopping the senator’s license from being suspended after a traffic camera caught him blowing a red light.

The Rubio campaign did not respond to a request for comment.