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Posted in Bizarre, FAIL, News, Politics, Safety by Kurt Ernst | February 6th, 2011 | 7 Responses |

No license? No problem in Georgia.

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.

Source: Autoweek

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7 Responses

  1. Set says:

    I kind of agree with him, that it should be a right, not a privilege. However, I do agree with you, that it’s one of those things that even though you should have the right to travel, doesn’t necessarily mean you have the ability to. Cars are mighty scary when done wrong.

  2. Kurt Ernst says:

    Set, I’m also a firearms instructor as a sideline, and one of the things I teach is the training requirement for the Florida concealed carry permit. I have the same issue with giving people with no firearms training or experience the ability to carry a gun for protection. Unlike what people see in movies and on TV, being proficient with a handgun takes a lot of training over a lot of years. I shoot at least once per month, and I don’t even think that’s enough.

    Bottom line is this; if you can kill someone by negligent use of a tool (handgun, car), there really should be a minimum training standard. What exists today simply isn’t good enough.

  3. Jen says:

    *facepalm* Leave it to Georgia. Apparently, they’re determined to keep me in Florida, unless I want to detour through Alabama first to avoid these loons.

  4. BigRuss says:

    a drivers license isnt permission to drive… its a statement that you know how to operate the vehicle properly and that you know the rules and regulations of operating a motor vehicle… driving isnt a right, sure traveling on the countries high ways is a constitutional right but it doesnt say “you are allowed to drive a car from ____ to ____” i know you dont need a license to ride a horse and thats what the main means of transportation overland back when the Constitution was written… i will now step off my soap box

  5. Canrith says:

    No, just no. Id be all for the German approach on licenses including the inspections (provided they can’t restrict what can be done to the car.)

  6. Nephilim says:

    Any state that regards creationism as fanatically as Georgia does ceases to surprise me on any level.

  7. Kurt Ernst says:

    Nephilim, at least their new governor isn’t named “Sonny”.