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.

JustUs December 30, 2012 at 04:27 AM
We don't need a new study to confirm that unlicensed drivers place the rest of us at a much higher risk on the road. This is really old news. Yet some cities like Santa Ana allowed unlicensed drivers to call a friend to drive their cars away after the officer cites the unlicensed driver with a notice to appear. Imagine that. Giving an illegal alien a 'notice to appear'. Now that's funny. And in the meantime he gets to keep his car since it's not impounded. And I'm certain he won't drive it until he gets his citation cleared through the courts. hah. :) Btw, who pays for these studies that confirmed what we already know? Let me guess. The taxpayers, right??? hah. :)
El Toro Resident December 30, 2012 at 05:27 AM
I hate these stupid studies, that's another big waste of tax payer dollars. Hey! I can tell you for free an unlicensed driver can kill someone. I can tell you for free young drivers are still wet behind the ears and the likely hood of them wrecking and killing someone is much greater than someone over 30. I can also tell you for free the DMV is one of the most corrupt California state establishments. Yeah, it us-the tax payer. They stick it to us in the behind.


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