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States that let unauthorized immigrants get driver’s licenses make their roads safer for all, a new study suggests.
After implementing one such law in January 2015, California saw a 7- to 10-percent statewide drop in hit-and-run accidents that year, Stanford researchers report Monday in PNAS. That equates to roughly 4,000 fewer hit-and-runs for the year. In that time frame, more than 600,000 unauthorized immigrants got licenses, and the numbers of accidents and traffic fatalities were unchanged by the law.
“Overall, the findings suggest that providing driver’s licenses to unauthorized immigrants led to improved traffic safety,” the authors conclude.
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