Authorized to Drive: A Study of the Short-term Traffic Safety Effects of California’s Assembly Bill 60.

The study finds that providing driver’s licenses to unauthorized immigrants in California impress traffic safety.

  • 605,000 driver’s licenses were issued until the bill in 2015.
  • There have since been no changes in total accidents, and no changes in fatal accidents.
  • There has been a 10 percent drop in hit and run accidents.

So what did this mean for California drivers in 2015?

  • 4,000 hit and run accidents prevented
  • $3.5 million in out-of-pocket expenses saved
  • $17 million costs transferred to at-fault drivers’ insurance.

These estimates are from a study conducted by researchers at the Immigration Policy Lab. The study is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.