SAN FRANCISCO ― Fewer hit-and-run accidents plagued California after the state began issuing driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants two years ago, according to a new study.
Stanford University researchers found an estimated 4,000 fewer hit-and-runs in 2015, the first year the licensing program went into effect. That’s a 7 percent drop, even though some 600,000 immigrant drivers obtained licenses under the AB60 law that year.
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Overall, the number of auto accidents and fatalities in California remained stable from 2014 to 2015, the Stanford report said. The study was published Monday in PNAS, the National Academy of Sciences journal.
The results may reassure some critics of the AB60 law, who had feared the number of crashes would rise with hundreds of thousands of newly licensed drivers. It was widely thought that many of those undocumented immigrants already drove without a license.
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