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Driving is a privilege, period

- letters@washpost.com

I could not agree more with the July 16 editorial “Making city streets unsafe.”

What seems to have been lost in the dialogue focusing on racial equity is the fact that driving a motor vehicle on public streets has always been a privilege — not a right. One has to be of a certain age and pass written and/or road tests before earning the privilege to operate a motor vehicle. The disadvanta­ged should not be given a pass when public safety is at issue.

John Perazich, Washington

Three cheers for the editorial, “Making city streets unsafe,” calling on D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) to veto the unanimousl­y approved though thoroughly illconceiv­ed legislatio­n that would end the practice of preventing residents from renewing driver’s licenses if they owe more than $100 in unpaid fines.

I understand the council’s “thinking” that the financial burden of fines falls more heavily on our least-well-off neighbors. But instead of making the streets unsafe for all with the charming goal of alleviatin­g income inequality, how about this: After three moving violations, the driver’s license is suspended, whether or not they pay the fine. (Take that, rich people!) And, if the driver is caught driving with a suspended license, then the car is impounded and sold. As the father of a someone who was killed by a negligent driver who had numerous traffic violations on his record, I can assure you that paying fines, or not, does not make someone a more careful driver.

Please, Ms. Bowser, follow the editorial’s advice.

Kevin Mccormally, Washington

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