Out-of-state traffic violations will haunt Oklahoma drivers

It will be harder for a person moving to Oklahoma from out of state to hide traffic violations under new guidelines adopted by the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety.

New guidelines that have been mandated since last year will require the state to perform a national driver status check on any person seeking an initial, renewal or replacement driverís license.

The stateís computers have just been programmed to comply with the requirements. Now, when a person applies for a driverís license or a driverís license renewal,suspensions, revocations or other issues involving the driving record anywhere in the United States will show up in a database.

This new regulation is another move toward setting up a national driverís license system. There are pros and cons to having such a system.

The biggest fear, of course, is the creation of a national identity database and how that impacts privacy rights of individuals.

The positive part of such a program, however, is if a personís driverís license has been suspended or revoked in another state, he or she wonít be able to get a driverís license in Oklahoma until that issue is resolved.

It also will force people to pay traffic violations issued in other states. These violators are called ďdrive-thrus.Ē They receive a ticket while passing through a state in which they donít live and fail to take care of that violation.

With Congress passing the Real ID national identification act last year, itís a certainty in the future more and more personal data about individuals will be stored and shared among states.