The “Save Driving” bill would instruct the Registry of Motor Vehicle not to check immigration status as a condition for issuing licenses. I do support the bill and I am, in fact, a co-sponsor of it.
It is a controversial concept and I get a lot of email on both sides of it. Most recently, there is a campaign going along the lines below. Basically, I think that licensing of drivers and registration of motor vehicles are both things that we want to happen. Unlicensed drivers are not well trained. Unregistered vehicles are likely uninsured. I generally feel that it is in our best interest to integrate into our social fabric everyone that the federal government is allowing to live in our state.
Subject: Please Promote Road Safety! Support Bill H.3285
Dear [Senator________ OR Representative ____________],
I am contacting you from [ Type Your Town Here ] to ask that you support the Safe Driving Bill, H.3285. This bill would ensure that more MA drivers can be trained, licensed, and insured — making our roads safer for all drivers. By allowing all drivers a path to take a driver’s exam and go through the licensing process, we could increase driver knowledge of traffic laws, decrease fatal car accidents, and ensure that first responders are able to identify those they assist when accidents do occur.
It is a fact of life that some people need to drive, whether to take their children to school or to get to the hospital in an emergency, and people are already driving without a license — though they want to follow the law. This bill ensures that when residents need to drive, it will be with adequate knowledge of the rules of the road and under circumstances that are safest for us all.
I believe that you share my commitment to a safer Commonwealth. Please urge members of the Joint Transportation Committee to issue a favorable report for the Safe Driving Bill.
Thank you very much.
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