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WilmywoodNCparalegal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-02-09 03:16 PM
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12. I disagree about road signs
I'm from Italy and road signs used in Europe are very different from the ones used here. Moreover, quite a few signs include English words such as "yield" which may be unknown to a non-English speaker. English was not a language I spoke at all when I arrived in the U.S. at 15 years of age and I had to learn rather quickly. Coming from the perspective of one whose English was terrible then and, at the same time, a teenager trying to learn to drive, the task was quite daunting but necessary. I never saw it as an imposition or racism or ethnicism to learn English in order to be able to understand what words like 'yield' and 'no passing zone' mean.

The driving test, which I took in NC, was not difficult for me however. Obviously, NC did not have a test in Italian. I did just fine. I don't see how this can be oppressive.
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  -English-only driver's tests proposed in Georgia onehandle  Apr-02-09 02:49 PM   #0 
  - This seems highly illegal  sakabatou   Apr-02-09 02:58 PM   #1 
  - Why?  Angleae   Apr-02-09 10:20 PM   #47 
  - May have some merit...  WriteDown   Apr-02-09 03:00 PM   #2 
  - merit? i have to disagree:  Soylent Brice   Apr-02-09 03:27 PM   #21 
  - I drove in Japan for two years in the early 90's, can't read Japanese at all.  FudaFuda   Apr-02-09 03:00 PM   #3 
  - LOL  sharp_stick   Apr-02-09 03:19 PM   #14 
     - At least In Italy you're driving on the right side of the road!  depakid   Apr-02-09 06:21 PM   #39 
  - Georgia continues to strive to lead the nation in idiocy. If the split comes, can we rescue Atlanta  T Wolf   Apr-02-09 03:01 PM   #4 
  - I sure hope so...I like Atlanta...just not the rest of Georgia  Summermoondancer   Apr-03-09 01:23 AM   #52 
  - You can have it.  JeanGrey   Apr-03-09 01:37 PM   #71 
  - It is definitely a bias-based proposal.  RaleighNCDUer   Apr-02-09 03:07 PM   #5 
  - Six years ago I got rear ended by someone who spoke no English  bluestateguy   Apr-02-09 03:10 PM   #6 
  - Why??  Dappleganger   Apr-02-09 03:12 PM   #7 
  - Yeah, I'm sure his lack of English made him a lousy driver.  Commie Pinko Dirtbag   Apr-02-09 03:15 PM   #10 
  - Or it could be  sharp_stick   Apr-02-09 03:21 PM   #15 
  - i guess they couldn't understand the words on your brake lights..  frylock   Apr-02-09 04:40 PM   #32 
     - No, but she could not apparently drive legally  bluestateguy   Apr-02-09 04:59 PM   #35 
        - No English speaking American citizen has tried to avoid police contact  EFerrari   Apr-02-09 06:08 PM   #36 
        - Brilliant did you think to ask her if she was going to pay for the accident?  Summermoondancer   Apr-03-09 01:25 AM   #53 
        - She had no insurance  bluestateguy   Apr-03-09 08:24 AM   #58 
           - No it doesnt matter if a person has insurance that wasnt what I asked  Summermoondancer   Apr-03-09 10:20 AM   #63 
              - We exchanged insurance cards  bluestateguy   Apr-03-09 11:10 AM   #69 
                 - They cited her for what they deemed phony...but it doesnt mean it was  Summermoondancer   Apr-03-09 12:39 PM   #70 
        - This proposed law in Georgia wouldn't solve that problem  Bill McBlueState   Apr-03-09 08:30 AM   #59 
           - Or we could deport them for breaking the law  bluestateguy   Apr-03-09 08:45 AM   #61 
              - the 1% that get caught, I suppose  Bill McBlueState   Apr-03-09 08:53 AM   #62 
              - In places in Georgia there is no choice but to drive  Summermoondancer   Apr-03-09 10:21 AM   #64 
  - I think it is a good idea.  hasidic acid   Apr-02-09 03:13 PM   #8 
  - hell, if they want to do that, just watch as what little business they have moves out  tomm2thumbs   Apr-02-09 03:14 PM   #9 
  - They'll just have that many more w/o DLs on the roads  supernova   Apr-02-09 03:15 PM   #11 
  - Absolutely  sharp_stick   Apr-02-09 03:22 PM   #17 
  - You could have just stopped with "GA legislature is stupid"  RubyDuby in GA   Apr-02-09 03:34 PM   #23 
  - I disagree about road signs  WilmywoodNCparalegal   Apr-02-09 03:16 PM   #12 
  - On the surface, it doesn't seem oppressive, but trust me as someone who follows my legislature very  RubyDuby in GA   Apr-02-09 03:36 PM   #24 
  - In Georgia  Summermoondancer   Apr-03-09 01:27 AM   #54 
  - I have kind of mixed feelings about this... i mean all road signs were in english last time i  CRAZY_DEM   Apr-02-09 03:18 PM   #13 
  - No, but it does make you sound like an ugly American  depakid   Apr-02-09 04:13 PM   #27 
  - Have YOU been outside the US?  izquierdista   Apr-02-09 08:30 PM   #41 
  - Is this sign the same the world over?  WriteDown   Apr-02-09 08:42 PM   #43 
  - No, they don't always say "stop" in English  depakid   Apr-02-09 09:15 PM   #45 
  - Dup  izquierdista   Apr-02-09 08:30 PM   #42 
  - But most of them can be learned as icons so it doesn't matter  EFerrari   Apr-02-09 06:12 PM   #37 
     - How about this one?  WriteDown   Apr-02-09 08:43 PM   #44 
        - We have different ones for rock slides -- they have a representation  EFerrari   Apr-02-09 09:16 PM   # 
           - No, but they're are plenty other examples.  WriteDown   Apr-02-09 10:59 PM   #49 
  - the lack of license  melm00se   Apr-02-09 03:22 PM   #16 
  - 999 POSTS!  Mr. Ected   Apr-02-09 03:25 PM   #19 
  - And the ability to read English didn't prevent...  LanternWaste   Apr-02-09 03:57 PM   #26 
  - It also didnt prevent a bus  Summermoondancer   Apr-03-09 01:30 AM   #55 
     - So what does this tell us? I would think  LanternWaste   Apr-03-09 02:37 PM   #72 
  - How does your story make a point relating to the proposed GA legislature?  Quantess   Apr-02-09 10:41 PM   #48 
  - people will drive  melm00se   Apr-03-09 02:44 PM   #73 
     - Agreed. We already have a problem of too many unlicensed drivers;  Quantess   Apr-03-09 02:52 PM   #74 
  - there's a good point in there  Bill McBlueState   Apr-03-09 08:34 AM   #60 
  - At Least Non-English Speakers Can't Comprehend Rushbo On the Radio  Mr. Ected   Apr-02-09 03:24 PM   #18 
  - Just what anybody needs--  Bette Noir   Apr-02-09 03:26 PM   #20 
  - I saw a lawyer defending a non-english speaker  Tim01   Apr-02-09 03:31 PM   #22 
  - Hmmm...  WriteDown   Apr-02-09 03:38 PM   #25 
  - In TX, that type of evidence is allowed...  LanternWaste   Apr-02-09 04:34 PM   #30 
  - Depends on the venue. It's the other way around in a lot of places. n/t  EFerrari   Apr-02-09 06:14 PM   #38 
  - Blood Alcohol Content is the same in every language, LOL.  Quantess   Apr-03-09 12:07 AM   #50 
  - Then how will all those backwoods idiots pass?  damntexdem   Apr-02-09 04:21 PM   #28 
  - I would expect another country for me to be able to read their road signs before ......  demgurl   Apr-02-09 04:30 PM   #29 
  - 1955????? How about 1855. Some of these southern states...........  pattmarty   Apr-02-09 04:38 PM   #31 
  - Ahh yes, weed out the immigrants who wish to abide by the law and push more unlicensed drivers  Runcible Spoon   Apr-02-09 04:47 PM   #33 
  - In other words...  Brucie Kibbutz   Apr-02-09 04:56 PM   #34 
  - One of those things I've always been torn over.  Igel   Apr-02-09 08:26 PM   #40 
  - Foreign tourists can drive here without knowing English  starroute   Apr-02-09 09:16 PM   #46 
  - I have driven all over France without any trouble and I speak almost no French.  BrightKnight   Apr-03-09 04:17 PM   #77 
  - Most signs in Georgia arent written but are pictures...  Summermoondancer   Apr-03-09 01:21 AM   #51 
  - Georgia is becoming another  xxqqqzme   Apr-03-09 02:06 AM   #56 
  - I've driven on the Autobahn in Germany  Tab   Apr-03-09 03:54 AM   #57 
  - I drove all over western Europe last year. Including the Autobahn.  onehandle   Apr-03-09 10:42 AM   #67 
     - Actually, my biggest problem driving on the Autobahn  Tab   Apr-03-09 07:17 PM   #78 
  - Why would I "trust you" that this is really about oppressing the poor and "foreigners."?  didact   Apr-03-09 10:39 AM   #65 
  - ...and really, why is the "poor" thrown in your group?  didact   Apr-03-09 10:41 AM   #66 
  - This makes sense for basic public safety. nt  Romulox   Apr-03-09 10:42 AM   #68 
  - The road sings are all in English aren't they?  Wabbajack_   Apr-03-09 02:54 PM   #75 
  - I disagree  The Traveler   Apr-03-09 03:09 PM   #76 
 

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