Georgia State Representative Bobby Franklin want’s to do away with driver’s licensing in the state of Georgia. Franklin has sponsored a bill called the “Right To Travel Act” that would eliminate the driver’s licensing process in the state, since Franklin feels that licensing infringes on an individual’s “constitutional right to travel on the roads and highways”. I assume that Franklin is referring to Georgia’s Constitution, since there’s nothing in the U.S. Constitution that makes driving a motor vehicle a right. In fact, I distinctly remember my high school driver’s ed teacher lecturing us on how driving was a privilege, and not a right. The difference is that privileges can be revoked, while rights are pretty much guaranteed (especially if you’ve got a good lawyer).
Franklin’s dip into insanity doesn’t stop there; in fact, he stated that licensing represented “oppressive times” and that the “restrictions of a license requires the surrender of an inalienable right”. Clearly, I’m missing something in the politician’s logic. While he stops short of mandating a free car for every Georgia resident, I wonder if that crossed his mind; after all, how else would all Georgia residents be able to exercise their inalienable right to create mayhem on the highways?
Driving is one of those underestimated skills, and it’s very easy to safely operate a motor vehicle until it suddenly isn’t. Lose control of a 4,000 pound object at 70 miles per hour, and that’s a whole lot of energy to dissipate when it hits something. The only way to ensure the safety of a new driver is through training, and I’d be the first to step up and say that no state in the U.S. requires nearly enough driver training before handing out a license. Unless the ultimate goal of Franklin’s bill is population control, I can’t see how any sane individual would think that eliminating drivers licensing is a good idea.