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September 26, 2014

Your recent editorial notes that Gov. Martin O'Malley is sidestepping the country's immigration laws by allowing illegal immigrants to obtain driver licenses ("License to deport," Sept. 22).

But are we safer given that there is no requirement for legal or illegal immigrants to read and speak English as a prerequisite for getting a license?

The Maryland DMV's online driver test tutorial is in English and Spanish. The DMV driver's manual has a Spanish version. Why?

Having drivers on the road who can only speak and read their native languages does not satisfy me that they will be able to read traffic signs and respond intelligently to law enforcement questioning should they be pulled over for any reason. I do not feel safe.

When an undocumented immigrant takes the driver test in a vehicle, they can at their own expense have a foreign language interpreter chosen from a DMV list of approved persons in the vehicle with them. Unfortunately, that person will not be there when the immigrant is actually driving after receiving a license. I am not feeling safe.

If The Sun's editorial board and Governor O'Malley want to make us to feel safe, get rid of the Spanish help aids and require immigrants to pass an English reading and speaking test before allowing them to apply for a driver's license.

Ron Wirsing, Havre de Grace

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