On Friday, the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles began issuing so-called 'Drivers' Authorization Cards' to illegal aliens. One need only present a foreign birth certificate, along with a passport or a Matricula Consular card to apply for the permits, which are good for one year.
In May 2013, the measure known as SB303, easily passed the Democrat-led Nevada state legislature, and Republican Governor Brian Sandoval signed the bill into law, extending driving privileges to those here illegally.
Gov. Sandoval told reporters:
Allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver's privilege card will increase the number of drivers on Nevada's roads that are insured and aware of traffic rules and regulations."
However, there is one problem...
Though thousands of illegal aliens have already applied for the 'Drivers' Authorization Cards,' only about one-fourth of them have actually been able to obtain one.
DMV spokesman David Fierro told KOLO 8 News:
We're seeing a pretty high failure rate state-wide. It's about 75 percent"
So, why are so many failing the test?
The majority of illegal aliens living in Nevada are Mexican nationals, as such, an examination of Mexico’s driving laws may hold the answer...
In six Mexican states as well as in Mexico City, issuing agencies do not administer any sort of test before handing-out driver's licenses. In these locations, one need only pay a fee to obtain a license (about $45 in Mexico City).
Three other states require the applicant to sit through a class, after which all attendees are issued licenses, while many other states give tests consisting of rather easy multiple choice questions.
And what happens when a driver is pulled over in Mexico, say for speeding?
The Mexican travel website travelyucatan.com gives the following advice:
“Speeding is, as a rule, easily taken care of by offering to pay the fine on the spot. If you cannot pay on the spot, one of three things will occur:
· The officer will accept less money.
· The officer will accompany you to an ATM while waiting around the corner.
· The officer will take your driver's license and you'll receive a ticket. You will need to pay the fine to retrieve your driver’s license.
As for DUI laws, only 15 of Mexico’s 32 states have legal driving limits for a driver's Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC).
The lack of standardized testing, the absence of drunk-driving laws and corruption all add up to make Mexico's roads, among the most dangerous in the world. Of course, as Mexican nationals make their way to the U.S., they bring their country's sub-standard driving culture here, along with their cheap labor.
Nevada has now joined Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, Illinois, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington and Utah, which already issue licenses to illegal aliens.