Skip to comments.Ga. Lawmaker Proposes Doing Away With Driver's Licenses
Posted on 01/31/2011 3:54:06 PM PST by dynachrome
ATLANTA -- A state lawmaker from Marietta is sponsoring a bill that seeks to do away with Georgia driver's licenses.
State Rep. Bobby Franklin, R-Marietta, has filed House Bill 7, calling it the "Right to Travel Act."
In his bill, Franklin states, "Free people have a common law and constitutional right to travel on the roads and highways that are provided by their government for that purpose. Licensing of drivers cannot be required of free people, because taking on the restrictions of a license requires the surrender of an inalienable right."
Franklin told CBS Atlanta News that driver's licenses are a throw back to oppressive times. Agents of the state demanding your papers," he said. "Were getting that way here.
CBS Atlanta's Rebekka Schramm asked Franklin, How are we going to keep up with whos who and whos on the roads and whos not supposed to be on the roads?
Thats a great question," Franklin said. "And I would have to answer that with a question, Why do you need to know whos who?
What about 12-14-year-olds who want to drive? What would stop them?" Schramm asked.
Well, whats stopping them now anyway? Franklin answered.
Franklins name is on the first 21 bills of the legislative session, including one that would require the exclusive use of gold and silver as tender in payment of debts by or to the state, as required in the Georgia Constitution
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He is cool. And he is right.
Yes in the day of major problems, I guess this appears to be very important to this politician. Oh brother we are in trouble.
Privatize the roads first.
I like the way this guy thinks.
Wrong...travel is a right. Via the shoe-leather express.
Driving isn’t a right, its a PRIVILEGE.
If this flies, remind me never to drive anywhere near Georgia with unlicensed, uninsured, and untaught morons behind the wheel.
I’ve driven through GA and from what I saw I didn’t think anyone had one now....
The problem is he doesn’t think very clearly of the unintended consequences.
Who says it is a priviledge?
Heck, we should be able to fly planes too if we like.
Purchasing gas pays your share to use the roads. That should be enough. Much freedom is lost on the alter of “driving is a privilege”. If the state provided me a car and gas, well, then it would be. As long as I provide my own, it is my right to use my property.
Travel is a right. The conveyance used being a right is stretching this beyond all belief. Under your logic any old Billy Bob should be able to hop into the cockpit of a 767 and see how far down the runway he gets...without the benefit of the FAA checkride.
Anarchy is waaaaaay too far to the right for me.
So do the rest of us just give it up too and say we’re Georgia residents?
And what proportion of illegal aliens are there?
Watch for the “undocumented worker” population of GA to soar.
You must have driven GA-400...
He is an idiot, and he is wrong.
Lemme guess... a Paulite nutter ?
Right on! I personally collect late 1800s horse and buggy plates. They are rare. Thank God we didn't just have folks going about their business back when. I mean hell, you can't have folks going about freely and all. It could be... dangerous or something. We need them tagged and herded. And taxed, mostly taxed...
“Driving isnt a right, its a PRIVILEGE.”
“If this flies, remind me never to drive anywhere near Georgia with unlicensed, uninsured, and untaught morons behind the wheel.”
I think you are misinformed, while I question his plan, I like the way he is thinking.
And I think you are describing half the drivers in DC.
The Feds and States can comply and guarantee that right in a Constitutional manner by ensuring that state infrastructure does not BLOCK pedestrian or mounted travel.
However a citizen traveling may not violate OTHER traveling citizen's rights and the state may act to punish those violations.
I’m a raving nutter for freedom, but I’m almost willing to go along with drivers licenses to (eventually) stop those who drive drunk a lot, or who have no skills required to weild a one ton bit of steel traveling at high velocities.
So it this passes I guess that you won’t be able to use a drivers license as identification for anything including going to vote at the polls.
But then I don’t think that they need any photo ID to vote there now.
Was using a horse and buggy, or just riding a horse, a privilege? Did we have licenses for those? If the state forces you to pay taxes to support roads even when you don’t drive (which they do), then why would using those roads be considered a privilege? Furthermore, let’s say you own 1,000 acres of land and you build roads on that land, maybe even a paved race track. Why would you need a license from the government to drive a car on your own road? If the license were only for driving on government-funded roads, one might make a case, but licenses are for driving ANY motor vehicle, anywhere. What justification is there for that? And a cop can pull you over at any time, for whatever reason, and demand you produce your license, which has your full name, address, and a state-assigned number. How is that different from requiring papers to travel?
Please stay to the right when passing through, thanks.
It’s the “criminal illegal” thing that keeps me from supporting this
My guess is that he fools supporting this nonsense have HORRIBLE driving records.
More to the point: how can private insurance operate in a world where there are no drivers licenses by which to track tickets and accidents and DUIs?
I’m jazzed. I know of many blind folk who WISH they could get behind the wheel of a car. Their prayers have been answered.
sp have you ever driven in Florida or californa?
“And what proportion of illegal aliens are there?
Knowing nothing about this lawmaker or what part of Georgia he represents, my guess was he wants to throw a kink in Georgia’s requirement to show a picture ID when voting.
Yeah, and the “No, I don’t have insurance, good luck with your repairs, ta ta” thing.
Right. I thinks so. We are going to have to deconstruct 60 years of Progressive insanity. I wonder if the Congress can impeach the Lib judges for going against the constitution?
>>Driving isnt a right, its a PRIVILEGE.
We live in a nation where mass transit is non-existent outside the big cities. Bike paths are dangerous and drivers are extremely hostile to bicyclists that are using the street. And now the housing market even prevents most people from selling their home and moving near their job.
Or do you support Soviet-style dormitories that are built next to your place of work?
In the big scheme of things, I’d work on the right to life before I’d tackle the right to drive.
‘Via the shoe-leather express.”
On what basis are you making that argument?
One of the biggest punitive frauds ever perpetrated by government besides property taxes is forcing the peasants to re-register their same vehicles over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over....
And everyone just goes along with it....lol
For some. For many, the first thing that keeps a drunk from driving is the threat of jail, and sometimes because that license was suspended from too many drunk driving infractions.
For those that do not heed even that, the first thing that keeps them from drunk driving is the inability to emerge from the small cell that they are confined to.
“Driving” is a commercial activity.
In most states, if not all, a “motor vehicle” is a conveyance used to transport people or materials FOR HIRE, that means FOR PROFIT.
The courts have rules the use of the roads is a right for ordinary traveling, but using them for profit is a regulated activity.
Sure Billy Bob could hop in a 747 if he happened to have one.
Prohibiting based on a conveyance is the same and prohibiting travel. Walking from Florida to Colorado is not practical.
If the same restrictions were placed on other rights everyone would be up in arms.
So you're saying that if I drive my own private vehicle on my own private property without any sort of license, I do so without a right to do so?
So you're saying all those folks who drove automobiles before the government got involved, to include Henry Ford and his first one, did so without a right to do so? Where did the privilege come from?
A drivers license doesn’t make a person a good or safe driver.
This is all about illegal aliens and voting.
Inability to ensure insurance does not bother you? How about those who simply do not have the requisite motor skills, or sensory acuity, to operate a vehicle safely?
It does weed out the blind and those who have no motor skills. It also weeds out the habitually drunk.
No, but buying a ticket on Greyhound or UAL is practical.
Nothing says your right of travel includes a right to sit in the driver’s seat.