Your right to travel in the United States has been a major point since the foundation of the country. The Articles of Confederation served as the first draft to the Constitution and was superseded when the final one was completed in 1789 and the federal government was formed. Allowing the freedom of movement between states was important since each state would be allowed to govern over their citizens. The founders of the country wanted to make sure that states wouldn’t impose limits or make it difficult to travel or move from one state to another.
When the automobile was invented and began to sell it gained popularity very quickly. The infrastructure that they needed to operate lagged behind and needed support from a source of income. There were already taxes for existing wheeled vehicles like bikes, wagons, and coaches in some areas. The government allowed states to create their own requirements for laws regarding vehicles which included fees that would support infrastructure.
Early registration involved owners of vehicles selecting their own numbers and informing local officials of chosen numbers and pay a yearly fee. While duplicate number checking chosen numbers started simple, it was short-lived in favor of assigned numbers. Vehicle registration was initially voluntary and offered as a service in the event of theft so there was a way associate a vehicle to a person. Registration quickly became mandatory with all vehicle types paying the same fee.
States initially didn’t share registration benefits requiring you to register your car in each state you wanted to travel. All states eventually respected registrations in other states without additional fees or registering in each state. Additional laws were made including restricting speed in various areas to prevent vehicles from becoming hazards to other people.
Over the decades, many laws were created for vehicles for both automakers and vehicle occupants. When purchasing a vehicle you are agreeing to the laws created around them. Many laws were created for the safety of you and others and others to help support the infrastructure you will operate the vehicle on. The vehicle is your property but bound by the laws set around the privilege of using it.
Without laws or restrictions on driving we open up the issues of driving ages not being defined or allowing DWI to go unchallenged. No set speed limits endanger lives since some people will push the limit until something tragic happens. The right to travel by ignoring laws should not take precedence over the right to live for people effected by the potential chaos that would come.
By purchasing and operating a vehicle you are entering into a privileged area where your right to travel isn’t prevented. By legal and valid laws, if you operate a vehicle you must adhere to the states laws you are driving and traveling on. This includes citizens from other countries, you visiting other countries, and even sovereign citizens who claim they belong to no country. It’s stupid to believe that the right to travel would allow you to ignore all laws related to vehicles and claim it violates your rights when driving is a privilege to protect other people’s rights.