According to a 2003 study released by the American Automobile Association, drivers without a valid license are five times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than drivers who have a legal license. Traditionally, law enforcement agencies don’t actively pursue unlicensed drivers.
But in Palm Beach County, teams of state troopers and deputies have been cracking down on unlicensed drivers. In fact, they have been ordered to stake out courthouses and apprehend drivers attempting to pull out of the parking after losing their driver’s license. Since the crackdown started in September, over a dozen drivers whose licenses were suspended by a judge have been arrested and their vehicles towed, according to officials.
Of course, not everyone agrees with this approach. A Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer said he feels tax dollars would be better spent policing more serious issues like violent crime. Although officials say they are planning additional operations in Miami-Dade and Broward county, they would not disclose the details.
New tactic from law enforcement agencies nabs unlicensed drivers, South Florida Sun Sentinel, October 7, 2009
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