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Old 10-09-2005, 09:35 AM   #1
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Driving test question

My oldest son failed his test by one question.
The question is:
If you damage an unattended property, what do you do.
a. Leave
b. Leave name and number
c. Wait for the owner to come back and give name, number and insurance information.

He answered c.

In his handbook, It gives the following information
If you damage an unattended vehicle, you must either locate the owner or leave your name, address, the name of the owner of the vehicle you are driving and a statement of what happened on the damaged vehilce where the owner will find it.
If you damage property, you must make a reasonable effort to locate the owner to give him all the necessary information.
IMO, there are two correct answers to this question. Am I wrong in feeling this way? I am tempted to take the handbook to the DPS and try to get that answered turned.
I would like all of your honest opinions on this.

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Old 10-09-2005, 10:33 AM   #2
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I'd go to the DMV (I guess that would be your DPS) and ask.

To me, it looks like your son was trying to be the most honorable of the three.
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Old 10-09-2005, 11:27 AM   #3
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looks like 2 correct answers to me too. as jkath mentioned it looks like your son was doing the most honest thing he could do, how can that be wrong ?
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Old 10-09-2005, 02:45 PM   #4
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looks like 2 correct answers to me too. as jkath mentioned it looks like your son was doing the most honest thing he could do, how can that be wrong ?
I agree. It seems like he couldn't do too much in that situation.
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Old 10-09-2005, 02:48 PM   #5
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Since you guys seem to agree with me, I'm going to be calling them tomorrow. It probably won't do any good as far as his score, but, maybe they will change their answers for future tests so that there won't be any confusion with it. Thanks for your opinions!
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Old 10-09-2005, 02:50 PM   #6
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I'd call them too. It does look like there could be 2 answers. BTW, I'd have picked "C" also.
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I would have picked C on the test but in real life would have done B. I would have gotten the question wrong too!
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It sounds like the correct answer would be "B" but with the addition of - If owner cannot be found then leave name, number, insurance information. I really think that technically to say you have to wait until the owner shows up wouldn't be right - what if they were on vacation for 2 weeks? But I think the correct answer needs to include "try to locate owner and if you can't then..." JMHO
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Old 10-09-2005, 03:52 PM   #9
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Who would wait for the owner to come back? It could be hours! I'd leave my name and number, and once the person calls me back then I would give them my insurance info. Definately go back to motor vechicles.
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Who would wait for the owner to come back? It could be hours!
I think that's the issue - that is the answer he chose. But like you said I think the correct answer needs to include - either find the owner and if you can't leave your name and number. The issue is the "unattended property" meaning you're most likely not going to find the person anyway.
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