11, 2009 at about 10:20 AM, this vehicle was spotted driving through various
Cleveland suburbs being used to give a driving lesson. The vehicle has an
official-use only federal license plate, the front seat passenger had a driving
instructor mirror, and there was a passenger in the back of the car. Boycott
Watch asks: Since when is the federal government working to replace independent
driving schools or similar lessons being taught in local public schools? Is
this taxpayer abuse or was the car possibly being improperly used by the person
it was assigned to? Why was there a passenger in the car? Is that car also
being used to give people rides? As citizens, we have the right to know.
Boycott Watch called the offices
of various Congressmen, including a Senator and members of the House
Transportation Committee, but nobody was aware of any such program. We then
called the Department of Transportation and received the two following
responses via email:
"Your request was forwarded to
the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. I'm sorry there are no
Federal programs offering driver education for people to operate standard
four-wheel consumer passenger vehicles." And "I forgot to mention but to you
may want to go to the teen driver section on the NHTSA.gov website. There is a
driver education section there."
We checked the website and called
NHTSA for more information about the NHTSA Youth Traffic Safety Team and were
told that HTTSA established guidelines for public and driving schools, but does
not actually conduct its own driving school. In a separate conversation, we
were also told that the military may teach its personnel to drive, but that
would probably occur in vehicles labeled as military and near regular bases,
not areas like Cleveland which only has a few reservist stations.
After very thorough checking,
Boycott Watch believes this is a case of misuse of federal government property
by using a vehicle designated for "official use only" to teach basic driving, a
program not offered by the federal government. Furthermore, this 2009 Dodge
Avenger had a base price of about $25,000. It is not a basic car intended for
usage to teach people how to drive.
If you want to know why the U.S.
national debt is outrageous, here is a prime example. Your tax dollars are
being used to:
The list goes on. There is no
reason the United States government should be flipping the bill for anyone's
basic driving education. That is the job of local school districts and
independent businesses. Your tax dollars are not only being wasted, they are
being thrown on the street, flaunting that fact in front of our eyes.
- Pay for people to conduct driving lessons
- Pay for vehicles, maintenance and gasoline for
private driving lessons
- High-end vehicles are being used to teach new
drivers, causing excessive and expensive wear to this vehicle
- Federal property is being placed in position to
have accidents which the taxpayers will be forces to pay to repair
- Any potential accident by the student driver may
result in millions of dollars of liability on behalf of the American taxpayer.
Boycott Watch is currently
investigating which agency is misusing the American trust and money. Someone in
the federal government needs to be fired and we want names.