[nabs-l] A common-sence legislative idea

William ODonnell william.odonnell1 at yahoo.com
Tue Mar 31 19:22:19 UTC 2009

If you are blind, why would you have a drivers lisence?  One would exchange the lisence for a state issued non drivers identification card.

--- On Tue, 3/31/09, Jim Reed <jim275_2 at yahoo.com> wrote:

> From: Jim Reed <jim275_2 at yahoo.com>
> Subject: [nabs-l] A common-sence legislative idea
> To: "MAB List" <mt-blind at nfbnet.org>
> Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2009, 2:02 PM
> Hey all, 
> The following is not going to sit well with some of you so
> let me preface it with some personal background to set the
> context:
> 1. By 2005 I was legaly blind with RP.
> 2. In the summer of 2007 I bought a car.
> 3. In summer of 2008, I wrecked said car, with a passenger,
> because I did not see the sharp turn ahead. Fortunatly, the
> accident was injury-free, but could have just as easily been
> a fatal roll-over.
> That said, my idea:
> Blind people, contingent upon recieving any government
> services which they qualify for,(in part, or in whole) as a
> result of being blind, must permanatly surrender their
> drivers license.
> I know some will say this is cohersive, and it is.
> Some will say it prevents blind people from recieving
> essential services, it does; but, no one has the right to
> endanger the life of another, and, if a person chooses to do
> so, that person does not deserve the support of society or
> it's government. 
> And lastly, some will make a free-choice arguement. To them
> I would say blindness isnt a choice, its a fact.
> This is one of those "father knows best" type situations
> where what is truely best for the individual is percieved by
> that individual as negitive.
> As it seems likely that it is the younger blind people who
> are most inclined to make choices similar to mine, what we
> are really talking about here is saving the next generation
> of blind people from injury, death, or legal troubles.
> As negitive as this may seem to some blind people, if it
> saves even one life, blind or sighted, then it was worth
> it.
> Thoughts?
> Jim
> "Ability is of little account without
> opportunity."   
>       |     
>           -Napoleon Bonaparte
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