Roadside Chat - Driving is a privilege, not a right

9-30 driving is a privilegeSometimes it can be a little confusing. What things are you able to do because you have a right to do them and what activities do you get to do because you earned the privilege to do them?

In school, you probably learned about the “Bill of Rights.” These first 10 Amendments to the Constitution spell out your rights as an American related to the government.

While it’s true there were no motor vehicles when the Bill of Rights was adopted and the Ninth Amendment states that listing specific rights in the Constitution does not mean that people do not have other rights that have not been spelled out, there is no expressed right from the federal government or any state that has deemed driving as a “right.”

You have to earn the privilege to get behind the wheel. In Iowa, that means you take driver’s education classes, if under the age of 18, and pass tests that demonstrate your ability to operate a vehicle. If you do things that put yourself as a driver or others in danger and are caught in those unlawful acts, your privilege can be revoked.

Help keep your driving privilege intact by:

  • Buckling up
  • Driving sober
  • Obeying the speed limit
  • Paying attention to the task of driving

These simple acts will also keep you and everyone on the road safer.

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In Iowa in 2022, there have been 255 deaths in traffic crashes. That’s an increase of 11 since last Friday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at

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