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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.

The most dangerous driver of those studied is an unlicensed driver. 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.

Jake Mooney December 27, 2012 at 02:19 AM
The liberals have a great idea. Just give everyone a license. That will make them more responsible drivers.
not Carl Peterson lll December 27, 2012 at 08:29 AM
I understood that the law was changed recently, and they will not take the car away. Burden on the poor, and illegals. But they will take you to jail. Am I wrong on this?
Kenfuzed December 27, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Correct, in most areas they no longer take the car away. However jail time has also been taken off the table in most cases which makes enforcement useless. You can't deter a crime if there is no consequence behind it. The only thing giving everyone a license accomplishes is changing the statistic from unlicensed driver accidents to licensed driver accidents. It also becomes an excuse to legitimize illegal immigrants. And before you rail against my comments, spend a minute in Don Rosenberg's shoes who lost his son to an illegal driver. His story will not only break your heart but should make everyone question where the priorities are for State and local officials. http://blogs.venturacountystar.com/ingemusings/archives/2012/07/grieving-crusad.html
ROBERT E. FISHBACK December 27, 2012 at 07:37 PM
As for me, I opt for ignorance for several reasons: I set goals within easy reach and also because it is bliss. I stay away from the news, I no longer want to know. You talk about bliss, this morning I looked at my self in the mirror and I thought: "Such splendor is un-real." Living in Oklahoma makes one suspect I am a red neck.....just because I have the local taxidermist on my speed dialer proves nothing. Don't get angry because of ignorant posts...glory in the fact that so many people are wrong. I sure wish I knew why Rocky Cola was named that; there must be a story behind that; Any ideas? Sediment in a soft drink ? Y'all have a big old good one today.....B

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