In response to Nareh Bodaghian's sincere letter, "Too many bad drivers have licenses," on July 12, the problem with Glendale drivers occurs before the DMV test.
Applicants must take driving classes. After completing these classes they receive certificates, which are required by the DMV to take the test. When I was a driving instructor, my students told me that their friends purchased "black market" driving certificates to skip this instruction.
The problem is that students are not made aware of the dangers of driving recklessly without respect for the law.
Young people without experience may not realize that the two minutes they save by speeding and disregarding laws set them up for accidents that often have terrible consequences. A driver who is speeding, or who coasts through a stop sign or drives along a freeway shoulder, probably thinks that one only needs to pay attention to avoid an accident. But that driver is not thinking about the unexpected — a car coming out of a blind driveway, or a disabled vehicle on the shoulder. These hazards can often be avoided if the driver is staying within the speed limit, obeying laws and is conscious of the constant danger of unexpected occurrences.