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Response to Socal31 (Reply #5)
Fri Feb 1, 2013, 03:28 PM
happyslug (12,487 posts)
21. And thus many people do NOT go to Doctor for fear they may lose their license
I live in Pennsylvania, every four years we renew our driver's license. Penndot sends us a form to renew, we mail it back with a Check, Penndot then mails us a "Camera Card" that we can use as a temporary license till we get around to getting a new picture taken at the nearest Penndot Photo center. No exam, you just go in, sign in, take seat till you are called, then get your picture taken and wait another minutes or so and then the clerk gives you your new photo Driver's License.
I know, you may ask, no driving test? No, not even a quick test on the rules of the road, not even a vision test? No, Pennsylvania did NOT even wanted to have photo licenses, Pennsylvania and Vermont were the last two states to have PAPER licenses and had them till the mid 1980s when the Federal Government Threaten to withhold Federal Highway funds unless both of them adopted some sort of Photo License. Pennsylvania fought the Federal Government and finally agreed to the bare minimum it had to do to comply with the Federal demand. That is the story till this day, I have NOT had a Pennsylvania driving test since I was 16 and I am now 54 years old.
Now, Pennsylvania will pull your license if a Doctor reports you are unsafe to drive, but the Doctor can only do that if you go and see one. Doctors can not report on someone who never comes into their office. Thus many people avoid having their license pulled by NOT going to see a Doctor (or tell the doctor they do NOT have a driving license).
At the same time do we want to encourage people to seek help? One way NOT to do that is to punish them if they seek help, i.e. pulling their license or taking their guns. Thus the dilemma, is it better to protect society to removing all KNOWN people with severe psychological problems, or to encourage people who are NOT known to have such problems to seek help? People will want to say both, but in most cases it is one or the other and I believe the second will do society more good then the first.
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