Driver’s tests should indicate an ability to drive

Published 2011-03-03

About a month ago, a woman driving through my neighborhood turned to check on her dog in the backseat of her car, and hit a guy on a bicycle. The kid is still in the hospital.

Now our genius state legislators want to pass a law against ... (drum roll please) ... driving with a dog in your lap.

What a joke. Instead of passing a spate of rinkydink laws against the symptoms of bad driving, how about getting bad drivers off the road?

I respectfully submit that if you’re doing crap like texting while driving or messing with your dog while driving or doing anything other than looking at the road while you’re driving, you shouldn’t be driving at all?

Wouldn’t it be great if a driver’s license actually indicated an ability to drive?

I’ve been driving 25 years and I’ve only had two tests. The last one was 15 years ago. (And only on the first one -- 25 years ago -- was I actually required to drive.) This is a farce. Obtaining a driver’s license should be at least as hard as eighth grade.

If a car hits anything that isn’t a car, it’s not unreasonable to wonder if the driver isn’t entirely capable of driving a car.

And while I’m dreaming, how about some strict liability for motorists?

But y’know, pass some laws about dogs or something. That will totally work.