Letter to the editor

The idea of using state-issued driver's licenses as de facto national ID cards is ridiculous. The writer of the Dec. 10 editorial has obviously mistaken the privilege of operating a motor vehicle in this country for some sort of inalienable right.

We are bombarded with yearly statistics of deaths caused by vehicular accidents, and it is always the same causes -- alcohol, excessive speed, etc. This country needs to wake up and realize that driver stupidity and incompetence are also large factors in the death toll.

We're handing out driver's licenses these days to anyone with a pulse. And having a handicap sticker now gives folks parking carte blanche. Has anyone bothered to assess whether some of the handicapped should be driving at all?

What about the elderly who no longer have the vision or reflexes to safely operate an automobile? What about the influx of non-English-speaking immigrants (legal or otherwise) who can't understand basic traffic signs?

Another issue is the thousands of individuals who have had their licenses suspended or revoked through legal action. Are those people now "uncitizens"?

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