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Unlicensed Drivers Pose Threat On California Roads

DMV study finds the drivers with revoked or suspended licenses or who drive without a license are more likely to cause fatal car accidents.

   Drivers who are unlicensed or have a suspended or revoked license are nearly three times more likely to cause a fatal crash, a new Department of Motor Vehicle study found.

But it’s even more dangerous to be an unlicensed driver rather than drive with a suspended or revoked license. Compared to the average legal driver, such drivers are 2.6 to 2.73 times more likely to cause a fatal crash, depending on the driver.

The study, Fatal Crash Rates for Suspended/Revoked and Unlicensed Drivers, took crash data over a span of 23 years. Researchers looked at the correlation among two-vehicle fatal crashes where one driver was at fault. The at-fault crash risk of drivers without permission to drive has not diminished over time.

The Department of Motor Vehicles found that people between the ages of 20 to 29 who do not have authorized licenses have the largest percentage of two-vehicle fatal car accidents.  

If caught with a suspended or revoked license or found to be driving without one, the citation can result in a 30-day vehicle impoundment, thousands of dollars in fines, and/or time added to a suspension or probation period.

Dave Newell December 28, 2012 at 02:35 PM
"While little is known about unlicensed drivers, it is likely that the percentage of drivers in this group who are ineligible for a license due to their legal-presence status increased following enactment of California Senate Bill SB 976 (California Vehicle Code Section [CVC] 12801.5) on January 1, 1994. This law requires driver license applicants to provide a valid Social Security Number and documents proving that their presence in California is authorized under federal law before they can be issued a driver license. The law, as enacted, also applied to previously licensed drivers upon license renewal." The first thing many proponents of granting licenses to illegal say is that having a license will reduce crashes. A piece of paper does not change character, intelligence, or the ability to drive. But if a person IS here illegally, then why reward them with a privilege?
LBC Resident December 28, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Amen, Dave.
Chin Kim Chong December 28, 2012 at 04:54 PM
The study fails to mention that an unlicese driver involved in an accident is presumed guilty by default
Anthony Norman December 28, 2012 at 08:04 PM
If it is true that unlicensed drivers are presumed guilty, then what does that do to the study? Can someone out there confirm what the previous writer stated? I would be curious to know for certain..Thank u for raising that point...
Miles Green January 07, 2013 at 12:14 PM
Deport illegals and make us ALL safe.

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