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Monday, January 30, 2006

Driving Privilege Card

A significant impetus behind last year’s driving privilege compromise was the need to disallow non-citizens the rights of citizenship (voting, etc.) but not abdicate the state's responsibility to provide for traffic safety.

We asked the Office of the Legislative Auditor General to do a little research and give us a progress report.

Here it is: Letter from the Legislative Auditor.

Matt Canham, in the Salt Lake Tribune, wrote:
The auditor's office . . . studied a sample of 2,500 holders of driving privilege cards and found that three out of four had insurance. That rate was only slightly smaller than among those who have the standard-issue driver license.
A similar look at 2,500 licensed Utah drivers found that 81 percent had insurance.
Senate President John Valentine said the auditor's examination shows "the driving privilege card is working."
It appears that last year’s compromise solution is working as intended.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Marco Diaz said...

This audit confirms the need for a Driving Privilege Card in Utah for public safety reasons and it shows that the intent of this compromise bill is in fact working.

It is a positive thing for all Utahns to have more individuals that are trained, tested and insured.

If this card were to be repealed the state of Utah would see a dramatic increase of approx. 20,000 more individuals driving without insurance because, without this card, they would not be able to obtain insurance.

HB 64 which is trying to repeal the Driving Privilege Card will not benefit anyone; it is simply trying to send a costly message.

Marco Diaz
State Chair of the Utah Republican Hispanic Assembly and Co-Chair of the Hispanic/Latino Legislative Taskforce.

1/30/2006 3:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What America needs to do is bring our troops home and put them on our southern borders!

Then we will have less untrained, uninsured drivers, as well as less bankrupt hospitols, and less crime.

2/09/2006 4:20 PM  

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