The Physical Nature of the Driver

License to Drive

What your driver license means to you and what does your license means to others

Driving is a Privilege, Not a Right

Driving is not a constitutional right. You get your drivers license based on the skills you have and the rules you agree to follow. After you get your driving license you must continue to demonstrate your ability to drive safely on the road. If you fail to demonstrate this ability, you will be issued traffic tickets, or even have your license suspended or revoked. No one has more right to the road than anyone else. If you’re going to drive, you owe it to the other roadway users and yourself to operate the vehicle in a safe manner.

 

What does your license mean to you?

Your license means that:

  • You have passed a written and driving test on the rules and regulations of the road.
  • You have been given the responsibility of driving and that you understand how to operate a motor vehicle.
  • You must take your responsibility seriously.
  • You are responsible for all of your acts when you are behind the wheel of an automobile.

Being a negligent driver may cause you the loss, suspension, or revocation of your drivers license.

 

What does your license mean to others?

Your license tells other drivers that:

  • You have the information and the skills to handle and safely operate a motor vehicle.
  • You know and understand the rules and regulations of the road.
  • You value the fact that your state of residence gave you the privilege to drive.

Be aware that the other drivers are subjected to your driving habits and behavior. Other drivers and pedestrians will expect that you will follow the laws and rules of the road, be courteous, and will not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or otherwise be impaired, while you are driving.

If you act as a negligent or irresponsible driver, death or injury may occur to you or others.

If you are a minor, and act negligently and irresponsibly, your parents may be held liable for your actions. The parents of a teen are financially liable for their teen drivers actions.