Ohio Truckers May Soon Have an Easier Time Crossing Borders
A new bill that is trying to make life easier for truckers and other drivers has moved to Ohio’s Statehouse. The bill, officially known as HB346, will “make available enhanced commercial and personal driver’s licenses and identification cards” if approved.
Enhanced licenses and IDs are a convenient alternative for people who cross borders with Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean, because they act as proof of identity and citizenship and can be used in place of passports. This is a big deal because “the top 39 land ports of entry, which process more than 95 percent of land border crossings, are equipped with radio frequency identification technology to expedite travel for someone who provides an enhanced driver’s license or other RFID-enabled documents.”
Many others states are also considering similar provision for their citizens, but the technology is not without its critics. Some worry that personal data may be intercepted and stolen by criminals, while others are wary the government can use it to track citizens.
Read the full story in Land Line Magazine.