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Jan. 20, 2016 License To Not Drive

Gizmodo reports that not only Millennials, but fewer Americans in general are getting driver’s licenses. Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute took data from the Federal Highway Administration and determined it was not just a fluke but a long term trend. As more Americans become poorer, they cannot afford a thirty thousand dollar automobile with the additional costs of licensing, financing or maintenance. They are moving to poorer inner city neighborhoods with access to public transportation or ride sharing services. They do not plan to go into debt by buying cars, college educations, houses or having children. They will spend their lives walking from one low paying job to another. They won’t be sleeping in their cars because they won’t have one.

Here is another concern. The American driver’s license is a primary form of identification. It is used when people vote, serve on juries or travel. If people do not have a driver’s license, will they be disenfranchised as citizens?

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