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Make driver's test understandable to more people


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 23, 2013

~~<p>A driver's license is a crucial document that many people must secure before seeking employment, paying for rent and essentials and generally becoming full-fledged members of society. It's unfortunate that Hawaii, supposedly famous for its melting-pot image, has recently raised this hurdle higher for many people that it otherwise welcomes.</p>
<p>The state has in recent years balked at providing any support for languages other than English in administering its driver's licensing test, a fact that last week prompted action from a group promoting greater language access to government services. Led by advocates for the Micronesian and Filipino communities, representatives had presented a petition seeking translations of the license test into Chuukese, Marshallese and Ilokano.</p>
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A driver's license is a crucial document that many people must secure before seeking employment, paying for rent and essentials and generally becoming full-fledged members of society. It's unfortunate that Hawaii, supposedly famous for its melting-pot image, has recently raised this hurdle higher for many people that it otherwise welcomes.

The state has in recent years balked at providing any support for languages other than English in administering its driver's licensing test, a fact that last week prompted action from a group promoting greater language access to government services. Led by advocates for the Micronesian and Filipino communities, representatives had presented a petition seeking translations of the license test into Chuukese, Marshallese and Ilokano. Login for more...



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