October 25, 2009

offense: driving while not speaking english

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas police officers have improperly cited drivers for not being able to speak English 38 times in the past three years, Chief David Kunkle said Friday. The discovery came after a woman was pulled over earlier this month for making an illegal U-turn and was given a ticket for being a “non-English-speaking driver.”

Apparently, the computer system for citations has a menu that includes a law that requires drivers of commercial vehicles to speak English. But from now on, the Dallas police will not write tickets for that offense anymore either (if there really is such a law). They have embarrassed themselves enough in a city where Hispanics make up more than 44% of the population and where one can take the written portion of the driver's license test in Spanish.

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