Sunday, October 25, 2009

¿No habla inglés? ¡No se permite manejar!

Apparently some officers on the Dallas police force have been ticketing drivers for not being able to speak English.

As a former software engineer who has spent a lot of time fixing poor user interfaces, I do think it's entirely plausible that rookie cops might select an option from a pull-down menu called "non-English speaking driver", thinking it was an informative note rather than an instruction to issue a ticket. At least, I prefer that possibility over the idea that police officers might actually believe this to be a real law and seek to enforce it. The police chief seems extremely cool about it all, which is a refreshing change from how these types of challenges usually go down.

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