The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts endorses Yes on 4 For Safer Roads to keep the Work and Family Mobility Act as law. Our League hosted this forum on Monday, October 24 at the Hingham Library. Learn why and how you can help educate voters on this critical ballot question which is not in your Red Book.
Yes on 4 for Safer Roads is a campaign to uphold the commonsense law known as the Work and Family Mobility Act, which allows qualified residents, regardless of immigration status, to obtain a standard driver’s license if they provide proof of identity, date of birth, and Massachusetts residency, as well as pass the required driver’s test.
Ensuring that all drivers in Massachusetts are tested, licensed and insured will lead to safer roads for all of us and give law enforcement more tools to do their jobs efficiently and effectively. That is why YES ON 4 would preserve a driver’s license law that has been endorsed by Massachusetts city police chiefs, sheriffs, and district attorneys from across the Commonwealth, including the Massachusetts Major Cities Chief of Police Association.
By voting YES ON 4, Massachusetts voters will support public safety in our communities, allowing workers and families to safely make essential trips like dropping off kids at school and getting to work, medical appointments, and the grocery store. A YES vote does all this while upholding the regulatory framework that ensures all drivers have passed a road test, bought insurance, and have a form of verified identification.
Voting YES ON 4 would allow Massachusetts to experience both safety and revenue benefits many states with similar laws have enjoyed. The 17 states with similar laws include most of our neighbors, and some that have had a law in place for decades. States from California to Connecticut have seen significantly fewer hit-and-run crashes. Utah and New Mexico have seen uninsured driving drop 80 and 60 percent. In the Commonwealth, voting YES ON 4 is projected to bring an additional $5 million in taxes and $6 million from fees, inspections and other services within the first three years. Voting YES ON 4 would keep in place safeguards against non-citizen voting. The law preserved by YES on 4 does NOT allow non-citizens to vote and does NOT automatically register non-citizens to vote. It also provides no public benefits to license holders. It also does not allow the driver to use this license for federal purposes such as plane travel. It is not evidence of the holder’s citizenship, nationality, or immigration status.
Here is the presentation.