Volume 93, Issue 19

Thursday, September 30, 1999

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OPINIONS

Unionization, only with the stipulations

Campus tank a symbol of life, preservation

Tanks cease cleansing

Driver's ed needs some schooling

Public lust setting a media standard

Driver's ed needs some schooling



To the Editor:

In five years of driving I have maintained a perfect record. I have never received a speeding ticket, never lost any points and never been pulled over by a RIDE program.

Thus, it was with astonishment, anger and amusement that I failed the Ontario G2 driver's test. It was almost humorous when the driving instructor informed me that, although I drove exceptionally well on the main roads and performed all of the roadside practices to par, my highway driving was hesitant, slow and uncomfortable.

Controlling the urge to ring his neck, I calmly informed "Mr. Belvedere" that I had recorded over 5,000 kilometres of safe highway driving this past summer, as my job had required such and that any hesitant expressway driving was due solely to his very silent presence in my motor vehicle.

My buddy "Belvedere" then urged me to book another $75 test for next July – seven months after my licence will have expired - in which I can show my vast improvement in driving skills with one little catch. If I fail that test, I have to take a cab home.

Sure, no problem, I'll just lose my summer job, not have enough money to come back to school in the fall and not be able to enlighten all of you with my little stories on the inadequacy of the graduated licencing program.

It's not that I disagree with the premise of this government program, it is well intentioned and for the most part, has done its job in reducing teenager accidents and DUIs. However, the test is too stringent.

I know of more safe drivers who have failed their G2 tests than those who have passed. What's ridiculous about the test, is that the "Mr. Belvederes" of the Ministry of Transportation fail to look at your overall comfort level and confidence on the roads.

After five years of driving with a perfect record, it should not be important that I travel at the speed limit, but rather that I travel at the speed of traffic.

Instructors should also take into account the pressure and nerves of trying to pass a driving test that you've passed every time you turn off your ignition and arrive home safely.

My request is simple – if you have a perfect driving record, you should be exempt from having to take the G2 driving examination. This would motivate drivers to drive safe and reward those who are safe.

So what's the only problem with this suggestion and why has the government ignored the request before? You guessed it, each test brings the government another $75 in revenue.

David Shok

Political Science III



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