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Tell us: Should teens skip driving test during pandemic?

Nearly 20,000 Georgia teenagers have received their driver's license without taking a road test during the coronavirus pandemic.
Nearly 20,000 Georgia teenagers have received their driver's license without taking a road test during the coronavirus pandemic.

As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last week, Georgia teens can get their driver's license without taking a driving test during the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Brian Kemp waived the requirement for most automobile road tests until the public health state of emergency is lifted. The Department of Driver Services says it was unable to provide road tests while meeting social distancing requirements, so many parents requested the waiver. The department says about 30,000 teens are eligible for the waiver, and nearly 20,000 have taken advantage so far.

Some say the waiver makes sense because of public health concerns. Others say there could be long-term safety consequences to letting teens who don’t pass a driving test out on the road.

We want to know what you think. Is the waiver a good idea? A bad one? We’d especially love to hear from parents whose teens were able to get a license without taking the road test.

If you’re willing to be quoted in an upcoming article, contact reporter David Wickert: dwickert@ajc.com.

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