LEE COUNTY, Fla.- It may be one of those classic "only in Florida" stories: the day began with Canadian visitors finding out about a new state law, requiring them and others to get an international driving permit. It ended differently.
"I had a message this morning from a friend in Toronto who said, did you know you have to have an international permit to drive in Florida? I said, what?" Ray Jackson tells WINK News.
He lives in North Ft. Myers from December til April, but he is a Canadian citizen with a driver's license from his home country.
Turns out, the Fl. legislature passed a bill last year that became law Jan. 1. It requires visitors from other countries to have an international driving permit, to operate a motor vehicle in Florida.
The goal is to make it easier for police to check the details on a driver who doesn't speak English. But Canandians and other english-speaking countries got lumped in with the others in the law.
Late today, the state issued a statement, saying: it's all a moot point. The law may violate the Geneva Convention on Road Traffic, signed by the U.S.A. in 1949. That would pre-empt a state law. Therefore, state troopers are told: do not enforce the permit law.