If you drive in the Peach State with a California license, you could go to jail.
Ariel Delegol, a junior at Clark Atlanta University, found this out the
hard way when she was stopped for speeding in Atlanta. She produced a
valid Michigan drivers' license, but the Wolverine State does not
belong to the
Non Resident Violator Compact. To Ms. Delegol's great surprise, the officer placed her in handcuffs
and took her to jail.
A rather obscure provision in Georgia law requires persons who have a license
from California, Michigan, Alaska, Montana, Wisconsin or Oregon to be
jailed and post bond, because the individual may have unpaid traffic tickets.
Asked how college students should respond, a law professor suggested that
they "try not to break the law or carry some cash."
Before you tear up that ticket you received in Nevada because you think
Lamont and Shafter officials will never learn about it, think again. Almost
every state belongs to the Drivers' License Compact, which serves
basically the same purpose as the NRVC. Member states report information
to the database, which is translated and passed on to local authorities.
For example, a speeding ticket is a 15-point violation in Chicago but
a two-point violation in Mojave, in most cases. There is some discussion
that the NRVC and
DLC may be soon merged into one giant database.
A somewhat similar entity already exists. All states belong to the National
Driver Register. The federal government sponsors the
NDR, which keeps track of license suspensions and serious violations involving
alcohol or drugs.