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Riviera Beach Mayor Thomas Masters issued traffic citation; has had license suspended before

Posted at 4:49 PM, Jul 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-11 10:00:33-04

Riviera Beach Mayor Thomas Masters was cited over the weekend for speeding, and unknowingly driving without a valid driver's license.

State records show Masters license was suspended on June 19 because he didn't have proper insurance. State records say he was notified the change was coming in May.

Contact 5 has also learned this isn't the first time he has been handed a traffic ticket.

His lawyer called the most recent citation a "possible paperwork error." 

According to Palm Beach County court records, Masters has had his license briefly suspended 4 times since 2014.
They were a result of failing to comply with traffic court.

Most suspensions lasted only two days, while one suspension lasted two months.

Palm Beach County court records also show Masters has been ticketed 8 times for traffic violations, dating back to 1999. Two were dropped by the officer who wrote the tickets. Those violations included not wearing a seat belt, speeding and parking on a crosswalk.

His last ticket in Palm Beach County was issued in March 2015.

Over the weekend, the mayor's attorney, Richard Ryles, said Masters will contest the citation. Ryles said there may have been a paperwork error with the mayor's license that could have caused it to be invalid.

Neither Masters nor Ryles was available to comment Monday.