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Study: Safer if illegal immigrants get driver’s licenses

Supporters of granting illegal immigrants drivers licenses cheer after a House committee hearing at the Illinois State Capitol Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, in Springfield Ill. The proposal that could make Illinois the next state to allow illegal immigrants to get driver's licenses has passed out of the House committee. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — 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 says 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.

Information from: Los Angeles Times,