DMV Study: Unlicensed Drivers Pose Threat on California Roads

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 Vehicles 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.

Mark Taylor January 19, 2013 at 06:08 PM
I often wonder why, if the person is from Mexico, why they do not have a Mexican drivers license. Is it that hard to obtain one? The license is valid identification in California. For instance, notaries can accept current Canadian and Mexican drivers license as identification (you must have legal id to get a notarization in California, no exceptions allowed) along with current foreign passports.
James mulkins January 19, 2013 at 06:44 PM
Good point Mark but think about it, they have. They intend to start breaking American law the very minute they trespass on American soil. They start off with entering illegally followed by I.D. fraud and that's just the beginning! Why would they want any American to know who they really are and what they might be responsible for! These people lie, cheat, and steal and Obama is getting ready to reward them for it!
Jason January 19, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Foreign licenses are only valid in CA for a limited amount of time and only under the conditions of certain classes of non-resident visas. If you establish residency, legal or illegal, you must obtain a CA driver's license.
James mulkins January 20, 2013 at 06:45 PM
That idiot is a real piece of work isn't he? Scary thing is Obama is getting ready to give 12 million of his relatives amnesty to plump up the liberal voting ranks. 
Stephanie March 09, 2013 at 06:46 PM
The DMV (along with the vast majority of all other government-run organizations) are VERY well versed on how to waste taxpayer money!


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