Originally created 03/01/97

Supports fingerprinting of drivers



I am writing in response to the Feb. 20 article about requiring Georgians to be fingerprinted in order to obtain a driver's license. The article stated that opponents of this law were arguing that fingerprinting made law-abiding citizens feel like criminals.

However, I support our Legislature's efforts to further protect the citizens of our state.

I have had a vehicle stolen twice within the last 12 months. The police have taken fingerprints when the remains of the vehicle were recovered, but they have been unable to match these due, in part, to not having the perpetrator's prints on file.

After the first theft, I, the victim, had to go to the Richmond County Law Enforcement Center to give my fingerprints so that they could determine which prints were mine and which were the thief's. Fingerprinting is absolutely painless, and any law-abiding citizen can walk away from having prints taken - unlike a criminal.

I hope that the bill requiring Georgia drivers to be fingerprinted (is not rescinded). I will be more than willing to be fingerprinted again.

Keith H. Walker, Augusta