Should Anonymous Tipsters Be Able To Accuse Drivers?


Appliance repairman Scott Rohter has convinced Oregon that police officers shouldn’t be able to rat out bad drivers in secret, says The Oregonian. Now, he wants to make sure that no one –not concerned family members or neighbors — can keep his or her name confidential when reporting a driver to the state for retesting. The state :is encouraging citizens of Oregon to report other drivers who they think are not responsible drivers,” Rohter says, likening the practice to conditions in Hitler’s Germany or Stalin’s Russia.

Some safety advocates worry that people won’t want to attach their names to their requests, especially if the drivers they’re complaining about are getting older. “We have a public interest in making sure unsafe drivers don’t stay on the road, so how do we balance that?” says Transportation Commission Chairwoman Gail Achterman. “It’s really awkward when you know your parent or grandparent is an unsafe driver, but you’re their loved one and you’d just as soon not have them know you turned them in.” Practices vary. The Washington state licensing department encourages people to report drivers they think may need retesting, but warns that the information is public. California, on the other hand, tries to keep the names confidential, knowing how sensitive the issue can be.


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