Hawaii Driver’s License Lawsuit Gains Fed Support

By | March 31, 2014

The U.S. Department of Justice is supporting a lawsuit alleging Hawaii discriminates against those who struggle with English because of challenges they face in obtaining a driver’s license.

The Justice Department on Thursday filed court documents saying the allegations are sufficient to proceed with a discrimination claim. The filing says the federal government has a “critical interest” in ensuring the Hawaii Department of Transportation provides those with limited English proficiency a “meaningful opportunity” to take the driver’s license test.

The lawsuit was based on Hawaii offering the exam only in English. However, the Transportation Department began offering the test in 12 other languages last week. Agency spokeswoman Caroline Sluyter says more than a 100 people have since taken the test in a language other than English.

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  • April 3, 2014 at 2:00 pm
    Libby says:
    Nevertheless, from about 1949 to the present, there has been a gradual increase in attention to, and promotion of, the language. Public Hawaiian-language immersion preschools ... read more
  • April 3, 2014 at 12:06 pm
    KY jw says:
    Not sure where you got your information, but I lived there for 14 years and my brother still lives there. Yes, some people speak Hawaiian, but those that are born there and go... read more
  • April 3, 2014 at 8:50 am
    Libby says:
    The article is not about street signs. It's about the driving test.
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