GOV­ERN­MENT HAS ROLE

Calgary Sun - - COMMENT -

It seems ev­ery­one has an opin­ion on how to some­what cur­tail all of these ac­ci­dents on the roads. If you re­ally break it down, it screams train­ing and test­ing to me. Am I the best driver out there? Prob­a­bly not, but I took the nec­es­sary train­ing and passed my exam which was done by the gov­ern­ment at the time. I would love to see the facts of how many col­li­sions, and col­li­sions caus­ing death, have jumped since test­ing has been pri­va­tized. Gone are the days that if you couldn’t even par­al­lel park in the test­ing lot you wouldn’t even get out on the road and you would fail au­to­mat­i­cally. Now it seems if you cry, beg, bar­gain, are the right sex or the right race you will get your li­cence handed to you with­out a care in the world. Yes, hav­ing the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment step in would cost money. But you ask any­one who has lost some­one to a pre­ventable ac­ci­dent how much they would give to get that loved one back, and it would far out­weigh the cost to have a non-bi­ased tester, test these driv­ers.

RHETT FRIESZ

(The vast ma­jor­ity of pri­vate test­ing op­er­a­tions are le­git­i­mate and do a great job.)

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