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.

Things I Learned January 03, 2013 at 10:12 PM
This is outrageous! Just for starters we need to put laws in place that make it at least as hard to drive a car as it is to own a gun. Don't get me wrong I support the constitutional right to travel and I own cars myself but enough is enough America's so-called car culture should really be called a carnage culture!. You don't need high performance sports cars that the Founders couldn't have even dreamed of when they were making black people 3/5 of a person and giving smallpox to Indians. Legislators have to get over their fear of the AAA and support commonsense reforms like mandatory rev limiters and curb feelers. While we're at it let's get rid of spinners and those stupid lights on the undercarriage they only feed into the macho adolescent fantasies that scare me so much. And what's up with truck nutz anyway? Write your legislator to demand a plan!
Jimmy Sanders January 04, 2013 at 03:25 PM
McDonald's is held accountable for the food it makes, and cigarette companies are held accountable for the product they sell, so, yes if I buy a car and kill someone the family of the victim should absolutely be able to hold the manufacturer of the car, and the seller of the fuel, accountable, whether the car and driver are properly registered or not. I don't see any valid argument against it. I'm not talking about someone who uses it right, I'm talking about the opposite guy, the guy that wants to drive without a license. I certainly have more of a right to choose what I put in my body than I do to own a car, so, if I can hold these companies accountable for what they sell me, I should definitely be able to hold them accountable for the death of a family member if their car was the cause of it. Maybe then we'll actually have decent background checks on drivers, and car dealers will be much more wary to sell a car to someone who is "shady," or someone who definitely should not be able to get their hands on a car because it's pretty obvious our current system isn't working.
Kyla January 04, 2013 at 05:06 PM
This made my morning!


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