Study: 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.

Paul McGraw January 03, 2013 at 04:40 PM
Hmmm....where are the police. If we want more we have to pay more. Part of the bane of 'no new taxes'. Yes, the cry will be cut something somewhere else. The problem is those people go somewhere and now the cost society incurs is uncontrolled (e.g. MediCal vs. emergency room)....they're going to get what they need somewhere, some way. The DUI check points scoop up the unlincensed and uninsured. Since driving is a privilege, it's also that to be stopped by those who serve us and do what they can to keep us safe. I don't like the light runners either or the 70% of drivers that either think its OK to drive unlincensed or uninsured.
jim monaco January 03, 2013 at 04:45 PM
It seems most of us have a handle on the probable cause; Illegal aliens. The explanation for the absence of any data concerning this issue is common to most other issues that defy common sense in California and that is the garnering of votes. Illegal alliens are a protected species in this state.
Desert Dweller January 03, 2013 at 06:02 PM
More citizens are speaking out against ineffective check points. This waste of money, on something that we already know, is to try to swoon the public to embrace checkpoints.
True Authority January 03, 2013 at 06:24 PM
It seems to me the only people that whine about checkpoints are those who have something to lose when they encounter one. I am all for removing drunks and the unlicensed from our roads. No swooning needed, I'm the public and I already embrace them!
BRC January 03, 2013 at 07:46 PM
Is it fair to say that all illegal aliens are unlicensed drivers? We have ~8 million of them, all of which are almost 3 times more likely to cause a fatal crash? I wonder if there is already a law that isn't being enforced, nationwide, that would protect us...


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