I am constantly amazed at the laws that are put through our legislative bodies. Presently there is a bill being pushed through the Georgia legislature called HB 475. This bill would make it possible for a foreigner without any knowledge of how to speak or read English, to come to Georgia and use their foreign driver’s license to obtain a Georgia driver’s license.
They can obtain the license with no other strings attached. There will be no requirement for the written or road test. It also appears that the vision test isn’t required because the bill is vague in this area. That means they will not be required to understand road signs, rules of the road or legal requirements which every Georgia citizen has to understand and abide by.
There some limitations to the purposed bill. The bill gives the commissioner the power to negotiate and enter into a treaty with a foreign country and this treaty gives the citizens of that country the privilege of not having to be tested in Georgia in order to receive a driver’s license in Georgia. That means that only citizens of countries with such a treaty will be exempt from testing. It doesn’t make any requirements for the foreign country’s driving tests. It only requires that the citizens who come here from said country have a valid driver’s license from their country, before they can obtain a valid Georgia license.
I have to ask, why is it that a foreigner who has no concept of our road rules can be trusted with a driver’s license without any testing but yet a Georgia resident cannot? If a foreigner can get a license without a test then why should anyone have to take the tests to obtain a license? Surely an American with knowledge of our language, signs, road rules and our culture has a better concept of how to drive on our roads than a foreigner who can’t even speak our language or read our signs. We are all expected to take the tests and they are not, why is that?
I have to ask, where is the logic in this? I’d say their logic is upside down. Are we to assume that every country in the world has the same rules of the road and the same road signs? Apparently the people behind this bill think that they are or at least very close to the same. Aren’t they aware of the fact that road signs don’t always make sense to every culture? Aren’t they aware of the fact that road rules change with cultures? They are even many differences among our own the fifty states.
You may say that driving is mostly common sense which is true, but how many people here in America do you know that have little or no common sense. Common sense is only common within its own culture. Our common sense isn’t necessarily the same as other cultures. Therefore people from other cultures won’t necessarily be able to make decisions with the same common sense that we would. That can throw a monkey wrench into the traffic mechanics.
It is one thing to allow a foreigner to temporarily rent a car and drive on your streets. It is something else to allow them to obtain a permanent valid driver’s license without having them go through the same testing as any other American citizen. How does being a foreigner exempt someone from proving that they are qualified to drive on our streets? Laws for driving are written to make the streets safe for everyone. How does this bill make our streets safe?
Are you aware of the fact that in some countries the yellow light doesn’t come on as a warning for the pending red light? In some countries it comes on as a warning before the green light? I’m sure you are aware of the fact that many countries drive on the left side of the street instead of the right side. Can you imagine the possibility for danger when you mix these cultures without giving any prior instruction or testing? This is just two examples of many differences of traffic signals, rules and customs worldwide. There are many more differences and I can’t possibly list them all, let alone know them all but I’m sure get my point. There has to be some way of making sure they have prior knowledge of our road rules.
There is no requirement for prior knowledge or proof of any intelligence. However within the bill they do have a requirement for “lawful presence within the United States” but nothing about any length of presence. They could actually walk off the plane check into a hotel to establish residency within Georgia then go start to the Georgia DDS office. There they could virtually walk in and walk out with a Georgia driver’s license without any tests.
There is another aspect to the driver’s license issue that disturbs me. Hope you are aware of the fact that a Georgia driver’s license can be used as a legal Federal ID for any legal purpose the possessor wishes. I think this is so wrong because obtaining such an ID should never be that easy, especially for foreigners.
You can read the bill for yourself at the following site. It is very short, so don’t be intimidated about reading it.
This bill was brought forth from the governor’s office and he is the driving force behind the bill. Apparently he feels that we need such a change in our license requirements for foreigners so that they can come here to get jobs. That makes me wonder why he is trying to fill jobs with foreigners. Don’t we have enough people on unemployment to fill any jobs that he feels needs filling? Could it be his agenda is to hire foreigners for high profile state government positions? I am suspicious of him intentions on this bill but regardless of his intentions, this bill is wrong in so many ways and it should be stopped. He needs to take a U-turn in his plans for this bill and we need to make sure he does.
If you wish to contact the governor’s office to inform him of your feelings about this bill feel free to do so. I even encourage you to do so. I have even included his contact information below for your convenience. But when you do don’t forget your state representatives and senators because they are the people who will decide if the bill becomes law or not. They will be the ones voting on the bill.
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal
Office of the Governor
203 State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334
This article was written by Bertrum J Meisner Jr. I am not a professional writer. I am just a common every day laborer like most of you. I write from my heart, logic and life experiences. I am a devout Constitutional conservative and Christian. My only degree is in life experiences, which comes from a lifetime of learning from life. I derived my education from being part of this great nation and that has given me more of an education than I could ever get from any text book. I love this country and everything it is supposed to stand for. I write to bring it back to its roots and to help stop the destruction that is coming to this country both morally and physically.
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