Originally Posted by smcalpac View Post
Legislation simply has to do with the problem in making licenses available in so many languages - which is stupid (and has a good deal to do with the problem, I'm sure.)
When I got out of the AF and decided to stay out here, I actually had three driver's licenses - Indiana (which I got back home,) I had a Federal ticket for heavy vehicles, and I had an International (got it in Germany - with an "Unlimited Speed" endorsement.) By that time, I'd not only taken a high-speed driving course in Germany, but I'd also taken EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operations Course.)
I like to think I have a decent idea what I'm doing.
But, since CA doesn't, I failed the written test three times on the run (the "correct" answer wasn't, and the answer that was actually right wasn't "correct" on the test.)
Once that happened, I was told I'd have to come back in 60 days to try again. As if already wasting five hours there wasn't enough...
So, I looked at the wall where all of the driver's handbooks were racked, then turned and looked back at the guy and asked him if there was anything that prevented me from taking the test in another language right there that day. He went off to confer with his boss, then came back all shirty (like "What other languages do you know?") and told me there wasn't, and I could go ahead. What language did I want?
I looked at the wall again and answere "Arabic" (it was the one I'd spoken most recently. I only had a half-dozen or so to choose from - overlap between langauges in which I was fluent and languages in which the material was offered.)
Wouldn't you know the test was actually easier in Arabic? And Farsi, Spanish, and Greek? Hell - I think I got points for getting my name right in Spanish!
Putting my two boys through Driver's Ed was too farcical to be considered a joke - but I figured I'd do that and let them get their licenses, then teach them how to drive. If I taught them, they wouldn't pass - they'd actually know what the Hell they were doing (they got a condensed version of EVOC and a foul-weather driving course I'd taken back home. My wife was once a cop, but she didn't get EVOC while in uniform. I put her through that myself later. She was a good driver, now she's an excellent driver.)
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