Which Drivers Are Most Likely to Cause Fatalities on State Roads?

DMV study finds that drivers with revoked or suspended licenses or who drive without licenses 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 DMV 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.

Ed Sorrels January 04, 2013 at 08:40 PM
Really easy question, The STUPID ones ! I find most of my problems are caused by inattentive ones, Distracted with the cell phone, Talking to the kids in the backseat, Eating while driving, Just not paying attention to what is going on around them. And if you are driving the speed limit in the #1 lane and three or more cars pass you on your right, PLEASE get over to the #2 lane, You are a traffic hazard !
Mark January 04, 2013 at 09:21 PM
Ed - right on many things. You forgot the boombox idiots, and reading a book. It is the rolling roadblocks - people who go too slow in any lane as well as the racers who also contribute.
Libi Uremovic January 04, 2013 at 10:32 PM
i would add people driving large vehicles without the needed skills ... ed, i was following my kid and her boyfriend once and i realized that they drove in the 1st lane....kids today aren't taught that the 1st lane is the passing lane...
Ed Sorrels January 05, 2013 at 01:27 AM
I also left out the lady's that apply their makeup while in transit, There is no phsyical position that will let you check your eyelashes and watch the highway at the same time, But then I don't have a death wish !
Ed Sorrels January 05, 2013 at 01:35 AM
Libi, It actually legally isn't , But it is that by usage it has become one, The problem arises when someone is forced to make a quick lane change when they come up on the car in the #1 lane to fast and are forced to make those quick lane changes, Bad thing's can quickly follow. We here on the border because of N.A.F.T.A. are seeing more Mexican heavy's here now as they are able to cross the border at will and their requirements are not nearly a stringent as our's or are their trucks as safe as they have niether the 90 day inspecrion requirement or the much more complete yearly inspection, This in the future is going to becomer a problem


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