Lars Larson: Driver’s license tests in English only

A great idea came out of the state of Alabama where a man is running for Governor. His name is Tim James and he’s the son of the former Governor of that state. He says that maybe we should do all the driver’s license tests in English.

I thought this was a great idea. In most states the driver’s license coach says if you can’t read English well enough to understand signs that direct, regulate, and restrict traffic, you’re not entitled to have a driver’s license.

States all over America are handing out driver’s licenses to people who don’t speak the language, read the language, or write the language. How in the world can we expect them to obey all the laws that are written in books in the English language?

I think Tim James has a first class idea. It should be added to the idea that Arizona came up to actually enforce the law against illegal aliens.

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  • Jose

    Si. Es el problema. No Englessh por su hombre. Mis amigos – por favor – en Espanol, si?

  • Jose Canusee

    Mi casa was your casa, por favor Senior.

  • Joe Stecklein

    Yeah. Just think, 65 years ago, it could have been in Japanese or German and the Constitution could be as irrelevant as the people who want to socialize America believe it is today!

  • valley p

    “In most states the driver’s license coach says if you can’t read English well enough to understand signs that direct, regulate, and restrict traffic, you’re not entitled to have a driver’s license. ”

    I guess that means if you travel overseas or even to Mexico you should not be allowed to rent a car unless you know the native language and pass a local drivers test. Good luck with that.

    For what it is worth, I had 4 grandparents who came across the pond by boat, lived here for many decades, and never learned to speak English more than a few words here and there. They got along ok, raised families, worked, paid taxes, became citizens, voted for Democrats (due to Roosevelt saving the nation from Republicanism) and even drove cars.

    Andio sas.

    • Ron Marquez

      While the USA does not have an official language, there is no question English is dominant. If businesses or other non-governmental entities wish to accommodate other languages, all well and good.

      However, I can’t see any good reason for any US government agency at any level to function in any language other than English.

      • vally p

        The good reason is that we are an immigrant nation and have millions of legal immigrants, many of whom communicate better in their native languages than in English. Since we live by rules, it is better for people living here to know what the rules are rather than only getting 10 or 50% of them.

    • a retired professor

      Getting a drivers’ license is a lot different than renting a car. I’ve driven in a good many countries where I couldn’t have passed the driver’s test in that country’s language(s) — Germany, Israel come foremost to mind.

      I have no idea whether Germany gives drivers’ tests in languages other than German, or Israel in languages other than Hebrew/Arabic. But I wouldn’t expect either of those countries to give me a driver’s exam in English, were I to become a resident.

  • Not a Pal

    Sorry Lars – but in Oregon the politicians prefer to enable ILLEGALS and others that have no business behind the wheel of a car. And that includes the thousands of asians I see all the time – often women – that appear to have no clue where they are going or what the speed limit of traffic is.

  • matthew vantress

    i agree.i dont see any americans getting to take drivers license tests down in mexico in english.

    • valley p

      “Getting a drivers’ license is a lot different than renting a car.”

      Is it? If one can’t drive safely by not reading the signage, which is implied by Lars, then you and he should not be able to rent a car in Germany unless you have a fuherschein. And you can’t get one if you do not read and write Deutsch.

      “i dont see any americans getting to take drivers license tests down in mexico in english”

      Have you been down there and tried to take a driving test?

      • a retired professor

        Reading the drivers’ test is a lot different than reading the signs. You don’t need a local drivers’ license to rent a car in most places.

        You are being idiotic on this.

        • valley p

          Am I? I have an international drivers license, which is good for most countries in the world. Yet I did not take a test in other languages. So how is this different? What language one knows or doesn’t know has nothing to do with one’s driving skills. So this is either about reading signs or it is about nothing at all. Which since this was a Lars post, I suspect is the case.

          • a retired professor

            Taking the test involves a lot more than reading signs. Are you unable to see that?

            The point is that people who want to get a license in a given country should expect to take the test in that country’s language.

            Do they give the test in France in English or German or Swahili? I doubt it. In any case, it’s fine with me if they give the test here only in English. Most all public business should be conducted in English.

  • Tea’d

    When living in Arizona, it was clear that some motorists could not read the highway signs. What doesn’t make sense to me, is if the road signs are in English how does one that does not speak English expect to read the road signs, unless more speak English than admitted.

    re: Vally p -There was only one race that were the true people of the US and they are called Native Americans (Indians). The rest of us are all immigrants. The reason we speak English is because America (13 British Colonies) gained it’s independence from England during the American Revolutionary War (1775-1782). Immigration began in the 1840’s primarily from Ireland because of the potato famine, followed by Eastern Europe; Slavs, etc.in the late 1800’s.

    Immigrants fled their home lands because they wanted to be free and to escape religious persecution. And they wanted to become Americanized so they learned English and left their native tongue to be spoken at home. Some time during the last 100 years or so, our history books have been changed. So, it is no wonder that many Americans don’t even know their own history.

    The original immigrants left their countries for many reasons, but wanted to become Americans including learning the English Language, that reasoning doesn’t seem to prevail with the illegal immigrants coming in from South of our border. It seems that it is more important to earn money here, send money back to their homeland, and live 15+ in a single apartment so they can send money back home. That is good for some, but it isn’t good for this country. Illegals don’t pay income taxes because they don’t have a social security card nor do they pay state taxes, property taxes, city taxes, social security taxes, which in turn applies pressure to the economic situation. Buying food, and paying sales tax just doesn’t cut living here off the cuff.

    • valley p

      “Immigrants fled their home lands because they wanted to be free and to escape religious persecution. And they wanted to become Americanized so they learned English and left their native tongue to be spoken at home.”

      Tea’d…my personal history is nothing like what you write. My grandparents left Greece as free but very poor people. They came here to make money, not to be free, which they already were (the Greeks evicted the Turkish rulers a century earlier). They came here while in their 20s and lived in America 5 decades and at best spoke only a few words of English. How did they manage this? Because they found a Greek-American community in Chicago they could settle into and do business within. Chicago and all eastern cities had these ethnic communities where English was not the first language, and was not even used by the 1st generation. Poles, Czechs, Chinese, Italians, you name it. They had similar experiences.

      The only thing that makes today different is we have immigration laws that limit numbers, and we have a mostly undefended southern border with a relatively poor neighbor. So just like my grandparents and maybe yours, young Mexicans come here not to be free but to work and make money. Yes, they break our immigration law by doing so. But by and large that is the only law they break.

      I work with a guy who came here illegally from Mexico with nothing in his pocket, He picked fruit, then got into construction, then married an American gal (gaining legal status,) and then started his own contracting business. He did what immigrants do, and he has out worked and out thought most native born among us. And yes, he has learned enough English to get along, and he can read the road signs. Which puts him ahead of my grandparents.

      Most workers who are here illegally do pay taxes. They have fake SSI numbers and taxes are withheld from their paychecks. If they rent then property taxes are included in their bill. And when they buy things in most states they pay sales tax. They also pay the many fees and charges that abound, from park entry fees to sewer fees to road tolls.

      Interestingly, they will not get a dime back on they SSI taxes they pay.

      I’m not in any way in favor of having illegal immigrants here. I think on balance its not good for our country to have millions of undocumented workers and their families among us. But reality is what it is and 12 million people are not going to turn around and go home, nor are we going to arrest them all or deny them the ability to find a way to make a living. We need to get real about this issue.

      And, there is nothing wrong with accommodating the large number of legal immigrants we have by offering services or tests in their native language. It is good for us to be exposed to other languages and get out of our cocoons.

  • Scatcat

    Do anything to go after the illegal Mexicans, White and Asian illegals need to worry. How about a forcing anybody who doesn’t look right English reading test before voting, or a poll tax. we can bring back Jim crow while you at it. There noting you can say that is not on your show to convince me otherwise you are a collectivist racist obsessed with brown skins.

  • surefoot

    If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it’s probably a duck. Lars can seem quite thick at times, so he could be he a racist, but lacks the intellectual capacity to realize it. Me; I think he knows what he is but prefers to stay in the safety of a closet.

  • Anonymous

    v dean- always wrong

    “The Internal Revenue Service receives millions of tax filings each year from illegal aliens — even helping illegals file their forms by giving them Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers. But under federal law, the IRS (more news | Web) is prohibited from sharing its data with other agencies.

    “The internal revenue code really does not differentiate between legal or illegal status,” said IRS representative Patricia Kirk.

    ITINs are used in place of Social Security numbers on tax returns. One tax preparer said he frequently hands out ITINs to help hundreds of illegals file their returns.

    “Not only can they actually file a tax return, but they can actually meet their rights and responsibilities as taxpayers and also enjoy some of the benefits that taxpayers enjoy,” said Salvador Gonzalez of the Midwest Tax Clinic. “Some of them get money back. Some of them pay.”

    Some Peace Activists Refuse to Pay Taxes IRS Allows Late Filers, Not Late Payers Since 1996, the IRS has handed out over 6 million ITINs, and some illegal immigrants hope by using the ITINs to file tax returns, they can show they are deserving of citizenship.

    But at least one immigration group charges that the ITINs are merely a way for illegals to skirt the law and try to legitimize living inside the country.”

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  • Mike

    If you have been to Mexico and driven, you would know that they don’t really obey their driving laws anyway. They roll through intersections and pass people on regular roads, don’t use signals. They drive the same way here.

  • Harry

    I guess that means if you travel overseas or even to Mexico you should not be allowed to rent a car unless you know the native language and pass a local drivers test. Good luck with that.
    ===

    Does Mexico conduct driver tests in English if I ask for it?

    WRONG!!!

    vally p, what does the p stand for?

    I can only guess, but since all I ever read from you is pure garbage, it would not be very favorable to you. You come across here as an idiotic adolescent. Is that by accident or choice?

    • Brad Rydman

      I doubt it’s by accident. I suspect he prides himself for it…..

      • valley p

        “The Internal Revenue Service receives millions of tax filings each year from illegal aliens”

        Yes. Like I said. They appear to be paying taxes or they would not be filing. Thanks for backing me up. If they get some money back it means they overpaid.

        The ‘p” is short for “person.” I am a person that lives in a lovely farm valley.

        Idiotic adolescent? If you say so. But then I haven’t stooped to calling people names in a few decades.

        “I doubt it’s by accident. I suspect he prides himself for it….”

        Now that would be a contradiction, priding oneself for an accident.

        • Mort

          VP has called people names before.
          He is a man with little to do and few thoughts of his own – so spends all his time here.
          How sad.

          • Anonymous

            Long time no see, Jerry. That’s kind of like the pot calling the kettle black, isn’t it?

        • Rupert in Springfield

          >Thanks for backing me up. If they get some money back it means they overpaid.

          If you get money back from taxes it means you overpaid?

          Good lord – the legendary speaking before thinking rears its head again.

          Please – I know you wont listen, but lets not pop off with the completely idiotic on every post.

          Think before posting – the contention that someone who gets back money means they overpaid shows pure ignorance of the tax code.

        • Brad Rydman

          “Now that would be a contradiction, priding oneself for an accident.”

          I suppose it might be. Too bad that’s not what I said.

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