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You Buy Yuh License?

Dear Editor,
Vehicular transportation has become a necessity for the daily hustle and bustle countrywide. The streets are flooded with personal vehicles, public buses, taxis and the now $2 ‘Dalla’ Van. With smooth highways and roads, drivers often feel the need now to audition for the next Fast and Furious sequel. However, without proper driving instruction, one might just pull a “Paul Walker”.

As both a new driver and eternal passenger, I have witnessed many “experienced” drivers showing no regard for even their own lives. I understand that properly practicing these rules may come with years of experience, but how can you put into practice what was never there? If you “bought” your license, and you know and follow the rules of the road, kudos to you. I know many drivers who have never taken the written test or the practical test, much less read the pamphlet with the rules, yet these drivers travel on our roads frequently.

Moreover, it is obvious that the majority of our road traffic accidents are caused by negligence and ignorance. Initiatives like “Faada” Henry’s safety school programs aim to help pedestrians protect themselves from reckless drivers, but who will protect reckless drivers from themselves? It is not fair that good, law-abiding drivers have to risk their lives and put up with these road maniacs.

However, this problem must be nipped in the bud. The Traffic Department should not issue a driver’s license to anyone who has not sat and passed both the written and practical tests. We also need more well-seasoned driving instructors to share their knowledge with fresh drivers. Mr. Torres cannot teach the entire country on his own, nor will he be able to try forever.

As a new driver, I take pride in saying that I didn’t “buy” my license. Can you?

Belizean Youth

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