Georgia issuing teens license without road test?

The state of Georgia has waved teens requirement to take a road test and just allowing them to have license this decision has sparked controversy among others. As many know during this pandemic business are closed and people don’t have the opportunity to get their license or permit. Some teens may have felt it was unfair that they had to wait such a long time knowing that they are already qualified to get their stuff.Georgia issued a temporary rule for teens that already earned permits to be able to get their license by providing an affidavit from a parent and guardian and at least 40 hours of supervised driving.

One parent of a teen stated that “I think I might be quick to let her get her license not knowing if she knows all laws” another person stated that “Many of them are trained in those settings and they are ready to go.” Many people have already questioned the state of Georgia  about reopening malls and business during the spread of pandemic and social distancing considering the rates of the virus has not went down. Now people are also questioning the government on making the decision to give teens an license without even knowing how they are on the road. There have been nearly 20,000 teens that have been granted a waver of license from the government of Georgia the governor Brian Kemp signed this executive order.

Now coming out that Georgia is not the only state amending the license Wisconsin also announced that if the teens have had the required training and a parent or guardian and they are able to get their drivers license without a road test. Even though teenagers are ecstatic about being able to get their license adults are afraid of the consequences one one woman stated “We understand that this is supposed to be temporary, but the ramifications from even a few weeks of unskilled drivers getting their license can be catastrophic”.

Considering teen accidents are more likely to happen even with them taking the road test so allowing them to get on the road without one can be very problematic. According to the centers for disease control prevention says that  “The risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among drivers ages 16 to 19 than among any other age group, the C.D.C. said, noting that drivers in that age group were three times as likely to be in a fatal crash compared with drivers 20 and older”. Robert Gillmer  who is the president of the driving school association is not sure that states will follow Georgia and Wisconsin as he states “I don’t really think it’s a very good way to deal with a backlog in numbers, because in most states the driver’s test backlog is pretty bad anyway.”

After going through a lot of backlash and concern from other states, the president and regular citizens Georgia has decided make teens take road test after all. The new executive order signed Tuesday will supersede the old one now drivers who have been awarded a license to complete one no later than September 30th.  What do you think about allowing teens on the road without showing they are able to do well on the road?