Seth Emerson takes a rather thorough look at how the driving without a license criminal statute is enforced in this state here. It’s a good read that backs up my initial driving-Mudcat’s-car take, but there is one side point I find to be of particular interest.
Yes, Briscoe was also charged with not wearing a seat belt. But that’s usually just a ticket. It was the lack of a driver’s license that sent Briscoe to jail, and re-ignited the question: Is that really necessary?
The UGA police appeared sensitive to the question. Attached to the Briscoe arrest report was an official opinion from the Georgia Attorney General’s Office – in 2008 – that anybody found driving without a valid license should be fingerprinted. [Emphasis added.]
When’s the last time you saw “The UGA police appeared sensitive to the question“ in a story about a Georgia student-athlete? Hell, when’s the first time you saw “The UGA police appeared sensitive to the question“ in such a story?
You may not think this means all that much, but the idea that the UGA police felt the need to explain their behavior in a proactive manner is an alien concept to me. Baby steps, sure, but maybe Kirby has gotten through with his peace offering a little more than we gave him credit for doing.