Skip to comments.Ga. Lawmaker Proposes Doing Away With Driver's Licenses
Posted on 02/01/2011 9:50:28 PM PST by speciallybland
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.
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I have no idea who he is get him started in the Repub primary sounds good.
I’m conservative - but this guy’s a fruitcake. I don’t want my daughter drivin’ down the road sharing the highway with God knows what imbecile who may not have any common sense [much less driving ability] ...
Do you think not having a drivers license keeps those idiots from driving?
The only real good they do is allow the cops to check quickly to see if there are any warrants out on you.
Nutbar. Showing some basic competency and a general knowledge of the rules of the road is an absolute requirement for the safety of everyone.
I think this is a little over the line. OK, a LOT over the line.
You need to ensure the people on the road know the rules of the road. States have the complete right (and obligation) to ensure the safety of its citizenry (NOT a Federal obligation).
This kind of silly stuff is what gives Libertarians a bad name. Driving is not a right and we need licenses because of the harm someone can do with a motor vehicle.
I guess all the problems in Georgia have been solved.
While I understand where he’s coming from with this idea (less government) it doesn’t make it any less of a dumb idea.
I have some libertarian tendencies but have always thought driving should be a right not a privilege.
The roads have as many incompetent drivers as they would without licenses. The answer is to imprison those drinking and driving or give heavy fines for truly reckless driving.
Fundamentally, the primary requirement should be that one be able to pay for any damage one does. If one wants to post $150,000 collateral, fine. If one can convince an insurance company to insure one, fine. It's unlikely that an insurance company would want to ensure a driver who had not passed some sort of competency test, and it's unlikely that someone who could afford to post $150,000 collateral wouldn't want to seek out some training to minimize the risk of having to pay it out, but governments have abused their claim that transportation is a privilege rather than a right; while it may be politically tough to buck the trend, I'm glad some politician at least recognizes the issue.
Um, not! Driving a motor vehicle is not an unalienable right. Driving a motor vehicle is a priviledge, subject to demonstration that a person is competent in controlling a vehicle capable of causing severe injury and/or death.
Here is an actual pic of this dude sitting at his job.
Actually traveling freely is an inalienable right. Having to beg the governments permission is just another part of giving up our rights.
The proper was to govern and keep the streets as safe as possible is to punish anyone severely who abuses that right.
No, flying a plane at the current state of development is not even close to driving a car.
I am not a pilot but I think it takes hundreds of hours of training to be a decent one. Probably thousands to be a great one.
All US citizens are perfectly free to travel on US roads and highways.
They can ride in the speed and comfort of a car, ride in the speed and comfort of a bus, ride a bicycle, and as far as I am aware, ride a horse or drive a horse and buggy, all without a license. They are also free to hitchhike, as long as they follow the applicable laws - again, without any license whatsoever.
They MAY NOT, however, operate the statistically single most-lethal weapon in the United States (the automobile) without appropriate training and qualification.
LOL, the court have already found you do have a right to travel and therefore a license. That is why all states give drunks limited usage license.
Everyone says it is a training issue but after you get your license at 16 you are never checked again, except maybe for vision. So get the license once and have it expire when you turn 70 or so.