A Former Drivers Education Instructor Agrees That English Should Be Mandatory To Get A License
April 29, 2010, 05:00 AM
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From: L. J. Burgess (e-mail him)

Re: Brenda Walker`s Blog: Complaint-O-Rama: Utah Requires Foreigners To Pass Drivers Test in English

When I was an undergraduate at a California university, I taught drivers education in downtown Los Angeles. After two months of trying to teach mostly novice immigrant drivers, I decided $8.00 an hour was not enough to risk my life for.

Many of these aspiring drivers had only been in a car as a passenger a handful of times. And the cars they had ridden in back home in Vietnam, Somalia, Iraq or any of the other thirty-odd countries whose languages California gives the drivers` test in would never pass a U.S. inspection.

In short, Utah is correct to insist that its driving applicants speak English. If you can`t speak English, you certainly cannot read it either.

Road signs are, after all, still written in English.

Burgess moved to Utah in 2003.