Wed., March 31, 2010 5:52pm (EDT)

English Only Driving Test Passes Senate
By Susanna Capelouto
Updated: 4 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
A proposal to give driving exams only in English passed the senate (photo Davey Brown via flickr)
A proposal to give driving exams only in English passed the senate (photo Davey Brown via flickr)
The State Senate revived the idea this week of requiring that driving tests be given in English only.

State Senator Jack Murphy (R-Cumming) says if you drive on American roads you need to be able to read the signs. He says his bill will also help immigrants learn English.

“I know immigrants who have been here for year and years and don’t speak a word of English," he says. "I think this will give them an incentive if they need to pass this in English. “

His bill passed the state senate overwhelmingly. But Jerry Gonzalez with the Association of Latino Elected Officials says it sends the wrong message.

“They’re saying go home KIA. They're saying KIA it’s o.k for you to invest a billion dollars in Georgia. It's O.K. for you to create 12 hundred jobs, but it’s not O.K. for your foreign nationals who work on your kia plant to drive in our state.”

Currently the test is offered in 13 languages, with Spanish, Japanese and Korean being the most popular.