California Study: Safer If Illegal Immigrants Get Driver’s Licenses

January 17, 2013

A California study shows driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants would make streets safer.

The Department of Motor Vehicles report says unlicensed drivers in the state, most of them illegal immigrants are nearly three times likely to cause a deadly crash.

The Los Angeles Times reported passing a written exam and driving test could improve road safety and reduce fatalities.

It’s the DMV’s first significant analysis of unlicensed drivers in 15 years and it adds to the debate over driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants.

Immigrant rights groups say that driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants would also reduce costly uninsured motorist claims. Insurance companies paid out $634 million in claims for collisions related to uninsured motorists in 2009, the most recent figures available.

Latest Comments

  • January 23, 2013 at 1:02 pm
    Don says:
    The report NEVER says that it would be safer if illegal immigrants got licenses. What it says is that licensed drivers are safer than unlicensed drivers. The only recommendati... read more
  • January 18, 2013 at 1:15 pm
    TX Guru says:
    Agreed. I've spent a significant portion of my career in the non-standard auto world. I have no issues with allowing an immigrant to obtain a license and insurance. More po... read more
  • January 18, 2013 at 11:59 am
    William says:
    The immigrant community here in Texas actually come in to buy insurance even if they don't have licenses. There is a major effort by non standard monthly carriers to write non... read more
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