VT Woman Drives 27 Years Without a License

Glenn Swanson
by Glenn Swanson

Janelle Dunklee recently received a letter from the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) informing her that her driver’s license had been suspended. Ms. Dunklee called to find out what was up with that. According to WPTZ TV, the DMV told Dunklee they were “clearing out some old records” and discovered that she’d been pulled over for speeding in 1980. The records indicated she’d been given a speeding ticket for doing 43 in a 30 and fined $26. As the fine was never paid, Dunklee’s license was suspended. Claiming she'd “never been pulled over in her life," Dunklee challenged the 27-year-old suspension. Claiming they were “surprised at the delay,” court officials dismissed the ticket. State's Attorney Robert Sand was surprised at their surprise. "Back in 1980, paperwork was done by hand, and it wasn't uncommon for things to get lost,” he said.

Glenn Swanson
Glenn Swanson

Glenn is a baby-boomer, born in 1954. Along with his wife, he makes his home in Connecticut. Employed in the public sector as an Information Tedchnology Specialist, Glenn has long been a car fan. Past rides have included heavy iron such as a 1967 GTO, to a V8 T-Bird. In between those high-horsepower cars, he's owned a pair of BMW 320i's. Now, with a daily commute of 40 miles, his concession to MPG dictates the ownership of a 2006 Honda Civic coupe which, while fun to drive, is a modest car for a pistonhead. As an avid reader, Glenn enjoys TTAC, along with many other auto-realated sites, and the occasional good book. As an avid electronic junkie, Glenn holds an Advanced Class amateur ("ham") radio license, and is into many things electronic. From a satellite radio and portable GPS unit in the cars, to a modest home theater system and radio-intercom in his home, if it's run by the movement of electrons, he's interested. :-)

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  • Quasimondo Quasimondo on Aug 24, 2007

    Dismissed ticket + waived fine + no jail time = I'm moving to Vermont!

  • Kevin Kevin on Aug 24, 2007

    Ever notice that news copy posted on these local TV websites is absolutely the most badly written stuff that is ever published in any medium? Actually this Vermont article is Noble-prize worthy compared to what you typically see -- it merely seems like it was written by a rushed 12-year-old of average intelligence.

  • Humourless Humourless on Aug 25, 2007

    For a second there, I thought this post would have been about a woman who drove for 27 years and never had a license to begin with. Because instances like that are not unheard of.... Oh, and it's Nobel, not Noble. Unless you're talking about a brand of very fast semi-kit cars.