How is the woman on the left allowed to have a drivers license and drive with a burka on? That would be a huge distraction! I know I saw a mini van full of said woman waiting at a red light and it scared the crap out of me, and made me say what in thee. . . how is this legal, how can they see!? While American drivers get fined for driving with much less of a distraction, let's say having to much stuff being on their review mear etc as a distraction. . . . smh
AP FILE PHOTO The proposed bill might prevent the state from ordering a Muslim woman wearing a hijab, such as the woman on the right, to remove the scarf for a driver’s license photograph, but it would still allow for the removal of a burka, worn by the woman on the left, because the state has a compelling interesting in seeing a person’s face on a driver’s license.
Should Driving While Wearing Burqas Be Illegal? How About Helmets?
Well, here's one that a whole bunch of state motor-vehicle codes probably don't address: Is driving while wearing a burqa a road hazard?
The question arises from the curious case of a 31-year-old Muslim woman fined last week in France for driving while wearing a headscarf. It was reported in some media as a burqa, although that may not be correct.
Muslim dress has become a hot political issue in France, with laws banning headscarves in certain venues. French president Nicholas Sarkozy has taken up a campaign against them, ordering Parliament to debate a law that bans the wearing of full-face veils in public.
The laws have sparked debate over the limits of religious expression in a secular society, despite estimates that fewer than 2,000 of France's 5 million Muslims actually wear the veils. This seems to be the first case in which road safety was used to justify legal action.