Town hall meeting held to discuss new driver's privilege cards
By Rikki Cheese. CREATED Jun 6, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- About 300 people packed into the East Las Vegas Community Center Thursday night, to hear about the new driver's privilege law passed by state lawmakers last week.
In Spanish and in English, Senate Majority leader Mo Denis and Senator Ruben Kihuen answered questions and tried to alleviate fears in the Hispanic community.
Senator Kihuen said, "This is not a driver's license. This is just a permit to drive."
Senator Denis said, "It's a good thing for Nevadans to make our roads safer."
Senator Denis said about 100,000 people who are already driving illegally can now register and insure their vehicles. He said that protects drivers who are insured, and pumps cash into the economy.
According to Denis, "At the end of the day we're actually going to be making about $2 million dollars from these cards. They have to renew them every year so we're going to have a constant flow of income coming in."
Still, many in the audience, like Maria Casas, appeared skeptical.
Casas said many fear that information given to the Department of Motor Vehicles to get a driver's privilege card could be passed on to law enforcement agencies.
The senators assured the audience that is banned by the new law.
Although a driver's privilege card is not a license, the requirement to obtain one are the same, including taking a driver's test and paying fees.
They cannot be used as identification for any reason other than the right to drive.
Several more town hall meetings are planned before the first cards are handed out in January.