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.

Think Free January 08, 2013 at 03:53 AM
Riiiiiight The news is out to get you, Fox is the only unbiased news source, Riiight, take your meds! Dont miss your KKK meeting!
Mark Paxson January 08, 2013 at 03:56 AM
Gary ... I suggest you beware of anybody who thinks that one thing and one thing alone has caused the ruin and devastation. That's a simplistic description of a much more complex problem.
beaumontdave January 08, 2013 at 04:00 AM
No, the worst are young men 16 to 25 [of any race] who think the world is having a big party at any given moment and their missing out. So they hook up with their homies, load up, and head out. I'm 54 now, but I still remember what getting stupid was all about.
M.Legison January 08, 2013 at 05:31 AM
Not "Faux News?" That's the default name from the progressive drool cup. You got in the KKK, the meds, but missed Hitler and Xenophobe. You're slipping. Better review the Progressive playbook and vocabulary cheat sheet. Or have someone read it to you.
mr. watts January 08, 2013 at 10:41 AM
driving is a skill not a privilege
ATC January 08, 2013 at 02:36 PM
You're right, Mark, it is actually the entire liberal philosphy that has caused the devestation of this once great state.
ATC January 08, 2013 at 02:45 PM
The numbers under Bush were so small, that even a 50% increase is still not even a drop in the bucket, and you know it. But of course "50% more" SOUNDS impressive. It's a joke. As for free stuff...medical care, education, college, extended unemployment benefits, welfare, no need for license/registration/insurance...the Patch doesn't allow enough words to list it all. The programs that ARE needed have been expanded to cover ever-increasing numbers of those who don't NEED help, but who would rather be taken care of instead of taking care of themselves. We have become a nanny state/country, and Obama's goal is to increase those numbers significantly and permanently. No one who is on the gov't dole would dare vote against those that are handing them the goodies. The bigger the gov't; the smaller the citizen.
Robert Livesay January 08, 2013 at 03:08 PM
The Mexicans where not here first. Indians and the Spanish were here before the Mexican every thought about it. Of course the Mexican is part Spanish {european and Indian} I do believe all California land grants are Spanish and not Mexican. Mexicans were late arrivals.
Barbara January 08, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Gary, what I a objecting to is having all cars fitted with these "Sensors" mentioned in the post above.
Barbara January 08, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Gary, what I am objecting to is having all cars fitted with these "Sensors" mentioned in the post above.
Marty January 08, 2013 at 09:34 PM
You got that right, the corruption is mutual whether you favor the Red or Blue politicians. I think of our pledge of allegience.."for liberty and justice for all". Is justice prevailing for legal american workers who have watched their wages being compressed due to our laws not being enforced and allowing slave labor rates. Remember our Congress is bought and paid for. Tom Brokaw was on Meet the Press the other week and brazingly stated our system is rigged with how Congress is able to hang onto their seats. Ever wonder why we have congressmen who are 95 years old? When things don't make any rational sense such as why our laws are not enforced, there is usually someone in the shadows who is greedily raking it in and propping up those who are helping them. Most Dems and Reps follow the game to save their asses and feel vindicated if they're able to pull pork out of the tax roll to give to thier communities. In the 70s and 80s youngsters were motivated to go out and get construction jobs as they could earn a decent wage that allowed them to buy themselves a vehicle and gain some independance. I recently saw in artical on Bloomberg in one of our S. states that had a hord or illegals framing houses. It dawned on me why our youth are staying home and playing video games rather than getting out and finding some work. Why would you pay a kid $15/hour to frame houses when you can have it done without penalty for $15/day. Pretty messed up. "Mom, can I have $20 bucks!"
Jim C January 09, 2013 at 12:22 AM
There weren't too many Republicans that wanted to stand up for what's right regarding illegal immigration either. Except for one of them, whose name I forget but who was out of the running early on, they were all trying to make nice with the hispanic voter block by talking soft on the issue. And, yes, that's one of the reasons I voted for Obama. The Republican party has left me.
Jim C January 09, 2013 at 12:24 AM
Gary, I agree that illegal immigration has had a very negative on our state.
Jim C January 09, 2013 at 12:29 AM
Well said, Marty.
Jason January 09, 2013 at 05:13 AM
There has not been lower illegal immigration under Obama. Estimates on illegal immigration are based on the number of successful apprehensions. Numbers used to be calculated as successful entries = apprehensions x 2. Early in his administration, Obama enacted a policy of TBS'ing (Turn Back South). What that means is that the border patrol is instructed to NOT apprehend illegals, but to chase them back into Mexico unless there is no other option. TBS'ing, as intended, results in fewer apprehensions. Fewer apprehensions lowers the estimates on successful entries, and so Obama and Napolitano tell the press there are fewer illegals entering. Nothing could be further than the truth. There are MORE illegals entering every day. The next un-truth Obama perpetuates is that he deports more illegals. Again, this is FALSE. His administration has issued more deportation orders. What that means is that the judge has told the illegal to go home. Except in the most extreme circumstances, illegals are NOT forcibly physically removed. That hardly EVER happens. They are asked nicely to return to their country of origin, they walk out of the court house on their own and continue living illegally here. The next time they get picked up, the process repeats.
Jason January 09, 2013 at 05:16 AM
Here's a timeline, item by item, of Obama's treason. http://www.fairus.org/DocServer/Obama_Record_072312.pdf
John Herby Hancock January 09, 2013 at 04:33 PM
Outlaw private vehicles and make everyone take a bus. Then only bus drivers need a license AND we save the environment. Sounds like a great idea since we no longer value individual rights in this country! I’m sure the beloved wacko Senator Dianne Feinstein can come up with another great way to take away another freedom!
Greg January 11, 2013 at 04:30 AM
At Gary re Barbara -- she is objecting to the same thing you are. Read the last sentence of her post and compare her "Why should I have to pay---" question to yours. Same position in the post and almost the same words.
JC January 14, 2013 at 08:39 AM
The checkpoint must possess such things as blinking lights, marked police units, have a sign in place- with enough advance notice to avoid the checkpoint. Vehicles must not be stopped for choosing not to enter the checkpoint. The checkpoint must be organized and supervised by higher ranking officers and NOT typical traffic officers. If it has been pre-determined that only every third vehicle be checked, THEN ONLY every third vehicle may be checked. IT MUST NOT BE RANDOM. However, if it has been pre-determined that EVERY vehicle be checked, then EVERY vehicle must be checked. MUST NOT FLUCTUATE. These are just some of the Rules/Laws associated with the checkpoints. BUT, you must keep in mind........... THOSE WHO ENFORCE THE LAW, RARELY FOLLOW THE LAW!!!!! ( Correction: "ALMOST NEVER" follow the law.) Therefore, all of the above RULES/LAWS - Do not Apply, because Police officers do not feel that ANY LAWS apply to them. And in reality, they are correct. Even when an officer is involved in an unwarranted shooting -how is he punished??????? A PAID VACATION - AKA, paid administrative leave. And that's considered a punishment
Timber January 19, 2013 at 02:35 AM
@Mark Taylor -- While the Info provided by the DMV is important they have a vested interest in compliance but have no interest in protecting your Rights. T Some Info from SCOTUS: "Held: The application of the Texas statute to detain appellant and require him to identify himself violated the Fourth Amendment because the officers lacked any reasonable suspicion to believe that appellant was engaged or had engaged in criminal conduct. Detaining appellant to require him to identify himself constituted a seizure of his person subject to the requirement of the Fourth Amendment that the seizure be "reasonable." The Fourth Amendment requires that such a seizure be based on specific, objective facts indicating that society's legitimate interests require such action, or that the seizure be carried out pursuant to a plan embodying explicit, neutral limitations on the conduct of individual officers. Delaware v. Prouse, 440 U. S. 648. Here, the State does not contend that appellant was stopped pursuant to a practice embodying neutral criteria, and the officers' actions were not justified on the ground that they had a reasonable suspicion, based on objective facts, that he was involved in criminal activity. Absent any basis for suspecting appellant of misconduct, the balance between the public interest in crime prevention and appellant's right to personal security and privacy tilts in favor of freedom from police interference."
Timber January 19, 2013 at 03:00 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3chtnb9ZiS0 How to Refuse a DUI Checkpoint (Know your rights) I am only an advocate for those that wish to exercise and claim their Rights. All others are FREE to waive any Right at anytime and I would never demean them for doing so. But if you assert that those individuals exercising their Rights are wrong and should be dismissed I posit that you are un-American and unfit to pass such judgement upon another for using a Right that is not yours. Also the citation I provided comes from Brown v. Texas - 443 U.S. 47 (1979) Go read it, especially the APPENDIX TO OPINION OF THE COURT where the transcript from the court of record shows the conversation between the Prosecutor and the court.
HizDesign January 19, 2013 at 03:59 AM
OK folks at first i thought this Nopal dude was just dumb, and I was getting irritated with his whole song 'n' dance. ("Song n Dance" because obviously "Spelling n Writing" ....well, you know) Anyway, when I began reading this [10:21pm on Sunday January 6, 2013] I just busted up laughing........too funny.....way too funny to be taken seriously AT ALL.
HizDesign January 19, 2013 at 04:02 AM
"They were here before we got here"........Uh, IF they were already here, why are they entering now?
beviej January 19, 2013 at 07:02 AM
I think I have discovered WHY they did this study. The government in this once beautiful and prosperous state want to give illegals licenses to drive. They know that the majority of people driving without licenses are here illegally. So they tell us that people who drive without a license cause more accidents and then we will think it is o.k. to give them a license. DUH!! Heaven forbid, they can't possibly be arrested for the crime of being here illegally and sent back to their country of origin.
Tom Brown January 19, 2013 at 02:03 PM
I agree that most illegals are uninsured but I don't believe that most of the uninsured drivers are illegals. There are plenty of scofflaw citizens. I see them every day talking or texting on cell phones while driving.
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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