I appreciated the guest column by prominent Iowa law enforcement officials, “Temporary Card for Immigrant Drivers Would Protect the Public” (Feb. 2). As a business owner who delivers fresh produce all over Iowa and surrounding states, I think it makes a lot of sense and helps my bottom line to require all of Iowa’s drivers to be tested, know the rules of the road and to carry auto insurance.
According to a report by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, one in every 11 Iowa drivers is uninsured. Uninsured drivers are more likely to be in accidents and raise the cost of insurance for all of us. According to the Insurance Research Council, the average cost for liability insurance in the U.S. is around $40 to $50 a month per person, typically adding 7 to 10 percent to an insurance premium.
Common sense tells us that our roads are more dangerous for each untested, unlicensed driver we share it with. As a result, we all pay the price. The Iowa Legislature should change the law.
— Brendan Comito, Capital City Fruit Inc., Norwalk