Pay the Price and You Get a Driver’s License

Almost everyone who has advanced beyond the teenage years realizes that getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle is a dangerous proposition.

First there are the teenagers who often mean well but suffer from lack of experience and overheated hormones. This condition can be helpful in some situations, but not on the road. You know what I mean if you have ever been tailgated by such a person.

Then there are the drivers of any age who are impaired by foreign substances. I’m talking about the drinkers, the dopers, the senile and the over-medicated. They are deadly, they are everywhere, and they are clogging up the court system with their selfish behavior.

Hefty insurance premiums

Don’t forget about the crooks out there that are staging phony accidents so they can haul in some insurance money. These people often injure innocent bystanders and definitely cause insurance premiums for the rest of us to rise sharply.

Here’s another road-related menace to society that doesn’t get much notoriety. That would be the shenanigans at your local department of motor vehicles that put unqualified drivers on the street and in our midst.

A recent swindle along those lines happened in California, to no one’s surprise. Police there uncovered a conspiracy to sell commercial driver’s licenses to people who didn’t want to take the tests.

Truck driving schools

Apparently some people involved with truck driving schools were acting as brokers and helping people get Class A licenses without passing the written or behind-the-wheel tests.

They would take money from the people seeking the licenses and use the cash to bribe employees at the DMV. In exchange for the money, the employees would enter the DMV computer system and record that the individuals had passed the exams.

The result? The department then would issue official driver’s licenses to these unqualified, unscrupulous individuals.

Fortunately for the rest of us, several agencies investigated this corruption and charged the offenders with crimes. Some have already pleaded guilty. Others are still being processed.

Those people with fake licenses are being tracked down and are having their driving credentials confiscated and canceled.

Are the roads now safe for decent people to use? Not really, but it’s a step in the right direction.

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