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How Dumb Is Georgia’s Governor?

Lots of excited young people have taken one state up on its offer to get behind the wheel during the coronavirus pandemic—almost 20,000, to be exact. That’s how many new under-20 drivers there have been in Georgia over the past two weeks after Gov. Brian Kemp issued a temporary waiver nixing the requirement for a road test to get licensed, Fox News reports.

As of Wednesday, the state’s Department of Driver Services says 19,483 teens have had their permits upgraded since Kemp’s waiver was put in place on April 23. “I had been nervous about the driving test, with the parallel parking and all that, so I was happy that I didn’t have to do it,” one 17-year-old tells CNN. Not everyone is thrilled that so many newbies are now on the road without that final step.

Sarah Casto, a Henry County driving instructor, has started a petition pleading with the governor to put the road test requirement back on the books for both teens and adult drivers, per FOX 5 Atlanta. “The ramifications from even a few weeks of unskilled drivers getting their license can be catastrophic,” reads the petition, which had just over 1,000 signatures as of Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, KARE 11 reports Wisconsin is also now on board the no-road-test train: A pilot program announced by the state’s Department of Transportation Tuesday will let the under-18 set skip the 15-minute road exam as well. While some remain concerned, one local police chief is all for the program, noting, “There’s no harm in trying something new. If it doesn’t work, change it.”

Via Newser…

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3 Responses to How Dumb Is Georgia’s Governor?

  1. jess Reply

    May 12, 2020 at 10:53 am

    I am saying nothing because I CANNOT parallel park to save my life. It is and has been a running joke in my circle for many years with me. I would rather park miles away from anywhere to save myself the aggravation of parallel parking, or have someone do it for me. Nope, not even joking around about that, CANNAE DO IT CAPTAIN 😉 So many have tried to teach me, I think I turned my dad’s hair prematurely grey, my uncle lost his hair etc. I do not know how I managed to get through the actual test but get through it I did.

    • Michael John Scott Reply

      May 12, 2020 at 12:11 pm

      Do you think that’s bad dear Jess? I was a certified driving instructor for Florida emergency responders for what seems like a hundred years ago. I was a good driver! Then, about 5 years ago, for reasons left only to the wisdom of the Almighty Unicorn, I find myself struggling with diagonal parking. How does that happen? Why is it I have a hard time parking between the lines? Why is it I have such a hard time NOT parking too close to another car? Why oh why Almighty One? Parallel parking? A snap.

  2. Glenn Geist Reply

    May 13, 2020 at 10:29 am

    Well, they’ve begun to advertise cars that do the parking for you and they’re going to force us into self-driving cars as well. Just wait a bit!

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