The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety titled one of their reports “Unlicensed
to Kill”, and it focused on the high risk of unlicensed drivers
on the road. One out of every five car crashes involving fatalities involve
someone who either lacks a valid license, has a suspended license, or
has a license that is in question by law enforcement officials.
“Unlicensed to Kill” goes on to report that approximately 8,500
people die each year in accidents caused by unlicensed drivers. Nearly
30% of those law-breaking drivers had three or more suspensions or cancellations
on their license in the three years prior to their fatal accident. These
statistics are intimidating and surprising, both in the number of unlicensed
drivers on the roads around us, as well as the threat they pose to the
safety of the road.
Research shows that high-risk drivers are more likely to be distracted
while driving, exceed designated speed limits, and drive while under the
influence of drugs or alcohol. Although it may not be possible to identify
non-legal drivers while traveling metro Atlanta and Marietta roadways,
this report serves to raise awareness and increase caution when driving.
Drivers must posess a valid drivers' license in order to be covered
under an automobile insurance policy, so these drivers are not only putting
others at risk – they are doing so without protection in case they cause
an accident. Recovering damages following a crash caused by an unlicensed
driver would be must more difficult than doing so against a driver with
auto insurance. Regardless of the reason for driving without a license,
non-licensed drivers choosing to defy the law can affect a great number
of lives negatively.
We urge readers to always stay focused and alert when driving. Distractions
come easily, and even though you may not be distracted when driving –
other drivers may be.