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May 16, 2013
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Letter: Driver’s License requires insurance, but Driver’s Card does not?

No insurance for Driver Card

Regarding “Immigrant Driver’s Card bill passes;” give me a break. This great state has just passed a bill for immigrants and others who don’t have documents proving they are in the country lawfully, including elders and homeless people. They can apply for driver’s licenses, if they have lived in Oregon for at least a year and meet other requirements. These cards would be marked “Driver’s Card” and can’t be used to vote, board a plane, or purchase a firearm. How does a homeless person or illegal immigrant prove they have lived in Oregon for any period of time?

Democratic Republican Jessica Vega Peterson claims “...when we have uninsured, untested drivers, there is a cost to society.” Really? She also claims insurance premiums would go down as a result of having fewer uninsured drivers on the road. Please tell me how this is possible. In Oregon, a person cannot purchase insurance without a “Driver’s License.” This measure, however, does not require “Driver’s Card” recipients to buy insurance. Then why do I have to purchase insurance because I am a legal citizen with a valid Oregon driver’s license? Are you kidding me?

According to the May 1 article on page A3 in The News-Review, “This bill was crafted over the course of two years by a governor-appointed task force that knit together a strategic alliance among Republican and Democratic lawmakers representing law enforcement, agriculture and insurance companies.” Why weren’t voters allowed to vote on this bill? Is it any wonder this country is in the mess we are in?

And the government wants to take away my gun rights. In my opinion, a motor vehicle is just as dangerous, if not more lethal, than a firearm. Wake up America!

Maryann Kuykendall

Roseburg


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The News-Review Updated Jun 10, 2013 11:35AM Published May 16, 2013 12:40PM Copyright 2013 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.