Florida's New Driving Law Pisses Off All of Canada, May Violate Geneva Convention

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Florida's legislature is not famous for passing competent, legally sound bills. (Remember when they tried to forbid doctors from talking to patients about guns and the courts were like, "LOL! First Amendment. No." Good times.)

Still, it takes a particularly dumb law to simultaneously piss off all of Canada and potentially violate the Geneva Convention. Yet that's exactly what Tally seems to have accomplished with an act that went into effect last month requiring an international driver's license for anyone on Florida roads.

The law in question garnered zero press attention when it passed last year. In January, it put a new onus on foreign drivers to have an International Driving Permit, or else risk arrest for driving without a license.

Canadian media got wind of the new rule earlier this week and the tens of thousands of snowbirds who spend February driving around Hollywood searching desperately for decent poutine promptly went bananas. Previously, a Canadian driver's license was accepted. The snowbirds would not stand for it!

An "avalanche" of press calls came into FHP's offices, the Toronto Globe and Mail reports, catching the agency off guard.

Canadians also quickly realized the new rule violated the Geneva Conventions -- not the famous anti-torture statutes, but another section of the rules that binds countries to accept driver's licenses from other nations who have signed.

The Canadian Automobile Association -- which would have been tasked with issuing the thousands of new International Driving Permits -- also let Florida know it wasn't thrilled with the law.

"We made it very clear and an awful lot of Canadians have made it very clear over the last day to Florida officials that they're not at all happy about this and don't feel that it's necessary," CAA spokesman Ian Jack tells the Globe and Mail.

Faced with a Canadian insurrection and a possible violation of international law, FHP has backed down this morning. They announced the law won't be enforced until the state can sort out whether it in fact violates the Geneva Convention.

Crisis averted. Until the next boneheaded bill worms its way out of Tallahassee, at least.

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13 comments
jennbwcwork
jennbwcwork

THREE CHEERS FOR TALLY....fuck snowbirds, these douchy rich assholes that come down here and rent out condos that are uninhabited the rest of the year, they drive like extra pure shit(cause reg fl drivers are shit too), they drive up all of our prices(rent, gas and food) during the 'season', and generally have a bad attitude. fuck em....and if they dont like it GTFO

Palangana
Palangana topcommenter

The Geneva convention is a usurpation of our sovereign rights as citizens of the US.  Woodrow Wilson was a raving socialist.

Christian Fabian Robotti
Christian Fabian Robotti

When it comes to the First Amendment for Americans (doctor's forbided to ask patients about owning guns) it goes both ways. Why can't you liberals understand this SIMPLE fact. I read that and decided not to read your bias article. # incompetentpseudojournalist

j.pollo
j.pollo

You would think they had looked into this before going through all the trouble.

grrrtarboy4160
grrrtarboy4160

Gotta luv dem bone-headed law-shmirkers in Tally! Flori-DUH!

Deathray Jones
Deathray Jones

well, nobody can accuse the fl. legislature of knowing what it's doing. we're in such good hands.

Darren Boucher
Darren Boucher

3.3 Canadian visitors a year to Florida. Probably not a smart move on their part. That's a lot of dollars coming in, even if they are different coloUr.

Diana Lipson
Diana Lipson

The line-ups at CAA yesterday were crazy!

Michelle Brecher
Michelle Brecher

Are you pissed Darren Boucher Dina MacLeod Diana Lipson Richard Goldglass :)

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