Proposal Would Make Driving Without L...

Proposal Would Make Driving Without License a Felony in Georgia

There are 46 comments on the Wjxx.com story from Jan 23, 2007, titled Proposal Would Make Driving Without License a Felony in Georgia. In it, Wjxx.com reports that:

A bill approved by a Senate committee would make driving without obtaining a license in Georgia punishable with jail time.

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OLES CHANCE

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

#1 Jan 27, 2007
I REALLY DON'T THINK DRIVING WITHOUT A LICENSE IS SERIOUS ENOUGH TO TACK A FELONY ON SOMEONES RECORD.
THERE WOULD BE TO MANY THINGS THEY WOULD BE DENIED.
INCLUDING CERTAIN JOBS AND EVEN VOTING.
NONE

Baldwin, GA

#2 Apr 23, 2007
I agree I think there are much more important things going on than trying to stop people and put a felony on their records for driving with no licence. Most people driving with no licence are just trying to get to work to support their familys. If they can't do that then they will have to get food on the table some other way even if it means well fare.
TYANNE

Rossford, OH

#3 Apr 30, 2007
IAM SO HAPPY THAT I DO NOT LIVE IN GEORGIA. I HAVE BEEN DRIVIN FOR THE PAST 10YEARS WITH OUT A LICENSE,I TRYED 2 GET MY LICENSE BECAUSE THERE WAZ SOMETHIN MED, IN MY PAST THEY WOULD NOT GIVE ME 1.LIKE I SAID I BEEN DRIVIN FOR A LONG TIME,AND IF I LIVE IN GEORGIA I WOULD HAVE BOUT 5 FELONYS BECAUSE I HAVE 11 DRIVING WITH OUT A LICENSE. HERE IN TOLEDO,OHIO.
you people are crazy

Joplin, MO

#4 Aug 9, 2007
you people are crazy-driving is a priveledge not a right. The point is .... if you hurt someone you will be put in jail for manslaughter.Not to mention that you cannot obtain insurance without a license which is the law to protect other people.How will you pay for the injured persons medical costs. other people should not suffer the consequences of your failure to be resonsible.
april

Dallas, TX

#5 Aug 22, 2007
there are people in our country who cannot get a license due to immigration status- true, some of these people are coming here committing crimes, and they should go. However, there are also really good people who came here long ago, or their parents brought them, and they have to go places- they cannot get a license, so what are they to do? I think that a felony is harsh. If a person does not have a license because they have been suspended or revoked, that is different. If a non-licensed driver is driving around drunk, that is different, too, but a felony is harsh for a good person who is just trying to get around and work to support his family
macon

Macon, GA

#6 Feb 29, 2008
It will have a back lash as it will cost the state more. The prisons will be burdened with more people at tax payer expense. Bankruptcies will go up and more people will be loosing their jobs causes the tax revenues to decline while the Medicaid and welfare rolls will go up.

Sounds like some PAC money passed hands to push this through. We need driving license reform in this state and this is not the way to go.
CopsGoneWild on YouTube

Livingston, NJ

#7 Mar 11, 2008
Yeah...no 'real' driving test in GA to GET a license....but drive without a license and it's a Felony? Whatever, that's stupid.

A drivers license test in this state (and most others) is a joke...so why make it a felony to drive without one?

How about driving on bald tires? Or mis-aligned headlights? Or worn-out shocks. Hey, that's just fine and dandy, go do 70mph on I75, why not.

But wait...you don't have a little plastic card in your wallet? Yeah, that sounds like a 'minimum 1 year in jail' to me...SURE!
CantStandGeorgia

Boynton Beach, FL

#8 Apr 28, 2008
Driving without a valid drivers license becoming a felony is a good thing. You can not imagine the amount of habitual drivers out there who are constantly getting DUI's or excessive amounts of speeding tickets to lose there license for a period of time who are driving next to you. Some of these people have no need to get insurance because they are not supposed to be driving their cars in the first place so why pay for it. Do you want to be slammed into by some idiot with no insurance and have to file a claim through your insurance or not having your damages taken care of because you dont have the proper options on your policy? I'm sorry but I dont want to risk these people being out on the road. These people are more likely to run from the police because they know their license is suspended or revoked but want to keep driving anyway. Its in an effort to detter people from doing things that will get the license taken away from them in the first place. Its hard enough to find a good job out here without having a felony record.
CopsGoneWild

Livingston, NJ

#9 May 6, 2008
CantStandGeorgia wrote:
Driving without a valid drivers license becoming a felony is a good thing. You can not imagine the amount of habitual drivers out there who are constantly getting DUI's or excessive amounts of speeding tickets to lose there license for a period of time who are driving next to you. Some of these people have no need to get insurance because they are not supposed to be driving their cars in the first place so why pay for it. Do you want to be slammed into by some idiot with no insurance and have to file a claim through your insurance or not having your damages taken care of because you dont have the proper options on your policy? I'm sorry but I dont want to risk these people being out on the road. These people are more likely to run from the police because they know their license is suspended or revoked but want to keep driving anyway. Its in an effort to detter people from doing things that will get the license taken away from them in the first place. Its hard enough to find a good job out here without having a felony record.
OK..the issue here is "Driving while License Suspended" PERIOD.

Sure; Driving while Suspended with Multiple DUIs should be a certian penalty, possibly a felony.

Sure; Driving while Suspended with Multiple Speeding Tickets should be a certian penalty, possibly a felony.

Sure; Running from the police with a Suspended License should be a certian penalty, possibly a felony.

But there are MANY ways to loose a license...and a FELONY just because someone drove once on a suspended license due to some much more mundane charge? HorseSqueeze!

Why stop there, CantStandGeorgia? Why not make a simple speeding ticket a Felony?

Hell, why not go back to old english law....they only had ONE penalty for ANY crime...DEATH!

CantStandGeorgia has commited the crime of "Moron in the 1st Degree". Go back to Alabama!
Sue

Tyrone, GA

#10 Jun 25, 2008
I live in Grantville, Ga tonight i was stop in a road block was issue a no lic. ticket i do have a lic. but i forgot it at my house. I though officer before he even ask me. Let e tell u a little bit about Grantville, only 1000 or more lets say under 1500. there are like 15 officers here they have road block up in town to in trap people. I was not speedin or in any other part doing anything wrong.What they should of got was a warning ticket with i should bring up.My daughter brough my Lic. to me. they also could of look it up. But u know i dont even thing they call it in. Also let me tell u this My son-in-law was also pull over last part of last week. No lic. 3 kids out of set belts. and no tickets were issue. you know why he dont get one, he live here in Grantville all his life. There was also a black man that got a ticket, and im a white women with a clean record. so tell me I live in michigan going with out any tickets . Move to Ga. 14 yrs now and this the first ticket iv ever had. Ive help then catch dogs that were wild that they couldnt catch, also they have shot in the town of Grantville dog. And these dog i catch with food. I have ash catch down a guy and got his lic. no. for drive reckless for for there guys. I dont feel this is right

Sue
Sunshine

United States

#11 Jul 1, 2008
There is no question to debate here. Why is it ok to break the law? Is it because you feel you have an excuse, making it ok? If I am hungry, and have no money on me, is it ok to steal a candy bar? If the neighbor is mowing his yard on a day I am having a picnic, is it ok to trash his mower because he is bothering me? I don't agree with all laws, but it doesn't give me the right to break them. My daughter's car was just hit by a man with a suspended license, on someone else's motorcycle, with no insurance. He is refusing to pay for the damage, "making excuses" and blaming my daughter because he is angry that she called the police and is getting him in trouble. What is wrong with this world?!
latangy

Lagrange, GA

#12 Jul 1, 2008
I live in Georgia and its real, real neck here,The law makers should be worried about the gun crimes here.Kids getting killed,But oh there black thats getting killed and ga has red necks here. Im not worried about the person in the car next to me,Im worried about the person sittin next to me that could have a gun,Who cares if they drive or not,Eather way they will get caught driving.But thats not good enough to make them a felony. GUNS KILL GUNS ARE FELONY
latangy

Lagrange, GA

#13 Jul 1, 2008
mother of a victim (gun crime) mother against guns.This is a felony .Not Driving,The boy that shot my son caught a ride to soot my son he didnt drive.Lets worry about other crimes-mainly GUNS
Thank God my son did'nt die.
Liberty

Canton, OH

#14 Jul 19, 2008
Driving is a right, not a privilege.

Everybody has the right to travel where he/she pleases, as long as you don't use that right to violate the rights of another person - that is, you don't trespass on private property, you don't collide with another person or other person's property, and you don't travel in a manner likely to cause such a collision.

The right to travel is one of your personal liberties. People who have had their right to travel taken from them are prisoners.
Licensing drivers has nothing to do with safety. It is about taxation and control. People without licenses may drive safely, and people with licenses may drive recklessly.
How is one to get around without a drivers license? Buses, trains, cabs, and planes are extremely limited in where they will do business. Horses and bicycles are not permitted upon the public highways, and are restricted on other roadways. Relying on others to drive for you limits you to the will of that person, and also requires that person to have a license. How many jobs, schools, stores, and medical facilities are within walking or cycling distance of your home? What if you are physically incapable of walking or cycling more than a very short distance?

What other rights will you allow your government overlords to declare a privilege? Your right to ride in a vehicle driven by someone else? Your right to expression? Your right to self-defense? Your right to practice your religion as you desire? Your right to marry and have a family? If you think your rights are limited to those listed in the Constitution, you're a heartbeat away from slavery.
outandabout

United States

#15 Aug 6, 2008
I have to AGREE with Liberty on this one.
Gigi

Atlanta, GA

#16 Aug 18, 2008
Whoever is trying to push this law through is smoking crack. I am not surprised as it completely reflects the ultra-conservitiva attitudes that people have in this state. A friend of mine has a suspended license because he cannot afford to pay his insurance. But his company, like many companies in GA, will require you to have reliable transportation, so that you are not a liability. In addition to that, public transportation in this state is not that great ,so many company locations are not near public transportation. Add to that the skyrocketing gas prices. The result is making a choice between keeping a roof over your head, keeping enough gas in your car to get to work, or paying for insurance. Its easy for someone whose parents bought them their first car, or whose mommy and daddy can pay for the upkeep of their vehicle to say that a suspended license should be a felony. But think about the people who live paycheck to paycheck and need their vehicles to keep a job. Sure there may be people on the road with multiple DUI's, but why should be throw all the people with suspended licenses in one box and slap a felony of their record?
cyrus Smith

Pakistan

#17 Oct 6, 2008
More of the drivers have no driving license. Basics reason is that he breaks traffic rules and regulations and show carelessness. Mostly people considered the procedure of acquiring a driving license is very difficult.

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what the hell

Huntsville, AL

#18 Oct 14, 2008
Im from Alabama and I was in GA, and i got stop because my tag light was out. I was visting some famliy members there. In which i for got my license at thire house. The policeman serch my whole car and my friends that where with me. Along with asking us alot of question. That had nothing to do with the tag light. I told him what happen, but he gave me a ticket any way. That was cool, i have been to traffic court before in Alabama. I thought all i had to do is just drive back 3hrs to go to court, and show my license and that would be it. Worng I had to pay $791.00 spend 48hrs in jail and 40hrs of community service. That shit was crazy. I payed the fine, but i still havent done that other shit yet. I told them that i cant just drive 3hrs there and back for nothing. Makes you rethink about going to GA
Driving WO a License

Eastanollee, GA

#19 Dec 28, 2008
I am 24 and from Alabama. I had my license suspended on points in Alabama and was pulled over three more times with a suspended license going to and from work. I moved to GA to take a job near Atlanta and was caught in a roadblock and taken to jail, and another time I was traveling from GA to AL to see family and pulled over to take a nap and was stopped and taken to jail for no license. Now I have two pending driving w/o a license charges in GA in conjunction with the three previous in AL. I recently found out that this is a felony in GA and I am scared shitless. Alabama never made a big deal about it and I just paid my fine and went on. I've paid about $3000 to attorneys in GA to help me get off. I am eligible to get my AL license back in April of '09 and one lawyer says that if I get it back before the court date I may have a less severe penalty. I've stopped driving completely now, but does anyone have any additional advice, or know someone who has been through multiple driving without a license cases in GA? I'm pretty curious. I've got three kids and a felony would ruin my career and jail time would devestate my family.
Joe

Sterling Heights, MI

#20 Dec 29, 2008
My name is Joe, I am a hardworking young adult who has a two year degree and got a ticket that i didnt pay and they suspended my license. Do you think that I should get a felony if I were to get pulled over? Yes I am saving the money to reinstate it very soon but I think that people are very misguided on this issue. IF you want to get harsh on DUI, no insurance, etc....then do it but not just because someone has a suspended license.

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