By on April 30, 2020

With state governments enacting countless changes during the current health crisis, many have risen up to decry the walking back of our civil liberties. Some are absolutely convinced leadership has crossed a line by prohibiting (or criminalizing) rights guaranteed to them by the United States’ founding documents in a time of crisis. Others are just angry because they think the economic ramifications of shutdown orders are screwing things up more than the coronavirus itself.

One group that is assuredly not complaining, however, is Georgian teens.

Extending its state of emergency, Georgia is indefinitely suspending the need for youngsters to pass their road test in order to procure their driver’s license. That’s per one of the many executive orders issued by Gov. Brian Kemp this month. He remains adamant that the state needs to reopen for businesses, but says it has to be done smartly, with some businesses revived while others have to wait. Allowing parents to vouch for children with a learner’s permit is seen as part of the plan. 

Considering most road testing involves a relaxed trip around the block, the amount of risk this creates is debatable. You’re really only required to prove you’ve absorbed the fundamentals of driving in the United States, mainly as it pertains to parking, and adept at filling out forms. Want to learn how to recover from a slide on a challenging closed course before getting some time in with dense urban traffic? Move to Finland, where the government has decided to turn its entire population into stunt drivers. In America, the bar is lower; you’re expected to continue developing your skills independently or stay out of everyone’s way.

Truth be told, any bumps in skill your author received at an early age came from familial involvement or mistakes made after getting certified to pilot a motor vehicle. The state was really just there to provide documents outlining the rules of the road (which were gone over with the parents and grandpa at home… when I was twelve) and ensure the necessary body parts were up to the task of driving. But perhaps not everyone is so eager to drive as a child or fortunate enough to have an entire family willing to train them years before they’re technically supposed to.

With that in mind, one wonders if Georgia is making right call. We’re not sure there’s a way to perform driving tests while social distancing, as someone is supposed to sit next to you writing notes before saying “Can you drop down the visor and look at yourself in the mirror? Because I just wanted you to make sure I’m giving this license to the right person.” Sure, it’s a terrible line, but an important lesson for teens that not every triumph is accompanied by fanfare (nor devoid of confusion).

Motorcycle certification still requires a road test in the State of Georgia, and all other requirements to obtain a license are still mandatory. But teens (16-18) with a valid learner’s permit are exempt. Ditto for those 18 and above, provided they also have a Class CP permit. If you live in the state and need help, here’s a handy link to get you started. Though, we imagine most of our readers can drive already. To them, we ask if Georgian teens are going to be alright… or will we find them running amok on public roads later this year?

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30 Comments on “Georgia Ditches Driver’s License Road Tests During Pandemic...”


  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Since parents are still involved, I’m not too concerned. Parents are likely the ones shouldering the increased insurance costs, gas, deductibles, etc, unless they’re placing all of that on their child.

    But I still prefer having the in-person official test. I can’t swear that I’d be able to catch the mistakes a state trooper could.

    None of our kids did any pre-legal-age driving. But with my daughter’s training, it was as though she’d never sat in a car before, and we ended up hiring a professional trainer to get her through.

  • avatar
    Superdessucke

    In my state, our Democratic governor is pardoning hundreds of people in prison, including those in for murder and other violent crimes. So I don’t truthfully see how this is any more dangerous. So why not?

  • avatar
    JimZ

    can we let the south secede again and stay gone this time?

    • 0 avatar
      MRF 95 T-Bird

      Return visit from General William Tecumseh Sherman?

    • 0 avatar
      Art Vandelay

      And you call others unAmerican. Tsk tsk.

      And with respect to Sherman, I am not a “fight the civil war over again type nor do I have any beef with how it turned out, but the former Soldier in me realizes that things like salting Wells and burning civilians out would get you hauled in front of the Hague nowadays. That’s a good thing too.

    • 0 avatar

      No, this time it will be East coast and West coast federations. We in California are already discussing adding proposition during elections to secede from USA. I think it is a good idea to add Oregon and Washington and secede from USA as an independent federation. On Quora.com there are already scenarios run how civil war may proceed.

      • 0 avatar
        Art Vandelay

        This is idiotic. The economy of California is predicated on it being part of the United States. Furthermore everyone isn’t going to go along with this and the American Military would be obliged to protect their rights and status. The issue was settled in 1861…states don’t get to vote themselves out.

      • 0 avatar
        JimZ

        yes, and that’ll go about as well as it did last time. all of that stuff that makes Californians think sunshine beams out their a*****es depends hugely on being part of the US. California doesn’t have “one of the world’s biggest economies” without all of that free trade with the other 49 states. And California’s perpetual water problems aren’t something they can solve on their own.

  • avatar
    -Nate

    I cannot see this working out well .

    The South needs to learn some manners and stop trying to rewrite history ~ it wasn’t any ‘war of Northern aggression’ ~ the South started it, lost it because they were wrong and are still crying like babies over it .

    Pull up your big boy pants and join the nation .

    -Nate

    • 0 avatar
      JimZ

      I’d say they actually ended up winning to some extent, judging by the Confederate flags I see flying around MI. But those are mostly dumba$$ suburban phonies who think wearing camo, the stars & bars, and affecting a fake southern accent makes them a rugged individualist good ol’ boy.

      (which makes me shake my head a bit. of all the opportunities this country offers you, all the things you could aspire to be, and you picked ignorant, loudmouth wannabe redneck?)

      • 0 avatar
        MRF 95 T-Bird

        I’ve seen polls of South Carolina Republicans showing that around 20% of them supporting secession. Yes it’s a crazy rump faction but nonetheless concerning. We’re 50 states that are co dependent on each other as well as international trade.

    • 0 avatar
      Art Vandelay

      Why do people insist on grouping all people together with some vocal idiots. Most of us that were born down here just consider ourselves Americans. Many of us shipped off to war when some idiots attacked New York and DC. There are morons all over…the Southern US has some, but most of us are just normal Americans.

      I had my big boy pants on the entirety of the 2 1/2 years I spent at war…as an American. I didn’t have the darned stars and bars on my shoulder. Quit generalizing.

    • 0 avatar
      el scotto

      “The lost cause” did make a handy internal third world country until air conditioning became cheap. Low wages and an obedient, compliant workforce? You bet. Most of your management SEC & ACC graduates with some Ivy league guys at headquarters? You bet and they’ll love a business trip to NYC/Chicago.

      • 0 avatar
        -Nate

        Even though I was born and raised a (damn) Yankee, I have compassion and deliberately making and keeping people poor and miserable is to me, un American .

        That those in power have made those poor folks -proud- to be ignorant and hate filled, saddens me greatly .

        -Nate

  • avatar
    Master Baiter

    Musk’s statements were, no doubt, hyperbolic, however what do you expect on Twitter, with its 256 character limit? The platform is basically monkeys flinging poo at each other all day long. Welcome to the end of nuance.

    “…it’s deadlier. Anywhere from a 1 percent to 5 percent case fatality rate.”

    No one believes the CFR is that high anymore. More likely 0.2% to 0.3%, which is a bad flu, like the 1968 Hong Kong flu, which killed 100K Americans (with half of today’s population). The economy grew at 5.5% that year because we weren’t a bunch of cowering girly men.

  • avatar
    Superdessucke

    IL. J.B. Pritzker…

    https://johncabello.org/2020/04/15/representative-cabello-releases-names-of-governor-pritzkers-released-prisoners/

  • avatar
    punkairwaves

    Might as well end the pretense that Georgia cares about safe driving. Anytime I drive or have to cross a street as a pedestrian in metro Atlanta I feel lucky to come out alive.

    • 0 avatar
      -Nate

      Maybe you need to be more aware of traffic ? .

      I grew up dodging moving vehicles, never got hit whilst jaywalking because I pay close attention .

      When my son was 17 Y.O. I took him to Boston and made a point about running across a busy 6 lane divided road in front of a cop car, because I properly judged the traffic flow and gaps there was zero danger and the cops only glanced at us as they sped past .

      Too many there days blindly step off the curb never looking at the traffic .

      -Nate

      • 0 avatar
        Lie2me

        Like Orson Bean who got run over in Venice j-walking… He really should have known better

        • 0 avatar
          -Nate

          No ;

          Not ‘known better’, just be more situationally aware ~ I worked around rotary air craft and never walked into a tail rotor, many who actually flew the damned things did .

          I assume you’re talking about the Venice area of Los Angeles ? . tight streets and heavy traffic there, still gotta watch out for the cell ‘phone using drivers…

          Death awaits us all in an eye blink – see it a few times and hopefully you’ll manage to avoid it better .

          A guy I knew in a machine shop failed to cut his long hair nor keep it up, not surprisingly it got caught in a spinning lathe, he was lucky in that he wasn’t killed, he was young and strong and held him self back, his entire scalp got ripped off and he came walking up with it dangling from one hand looking like something out of an old Western movie .

          I wasn’t trying to be snarky / insulting, I see folks being careless driving and afoot daily here .

          At about the same time I had long hair to my waist for a while, you can bet your ass I never entered any machine shop, mill nor worked on anything with rotating things unless it was well tied up .

          There’s a reason so many farmers are missing
          fingers .

          -Nate

          • 0 avatar
            el scotto

            @ Nate A shout out to Maintainer Nation. Any flight you walk away from is a good one. Swam away from one rotary wing crash, had to be hauled out of another.

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            I wasn’t being snarky, the man lived 80-some years mostly in LA and then decides one day to park his car and dart across traffic in one of the most congested areas of LA and splat, he’s done

            He should have known better

          • 0 avatar
            -Nate

            Thanx guys ~ L2M, I thought you thought _I_ was being snarky…

            ElSc., we had another L.A.P.D. chopper crash last night, I heard about at @ 03:30 so the details have slipped but I think at least one officer died .

            When I was with Air Support there were several crashes, no one died, all were easily avoidable .

            I goofed and kept putting off my next fly-along and wound up retiring so now I’ll never get another one, although I don’t trust rotary aircraft (they have the glide path of a ring of keys dropped, “autorotation” is bullshit except in carefully controlled situations) I really enjoyed going up on ‘mother’s day’ in The Ghetto and being in a bird when it turned on it’s side was a ride I’ll never forget ~ I think they were tying to scare me, I was terrified the whole time but remained silent .

            -Nate

  • avatar
    Sobro

    Nashville suspended emissions testing in March. Obviously the Democrat mayor wants us all to die. (Am I doing this right?)

  • avatar
    ravenuer

    Here’s a chance for Musk to sell a lot of self-driving Teslas in Georgia! Especially the ones that can see those stop signs, except the ones hidden behind tree branches.

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