California set down a controversial path when it decided to issue driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. The reasoning went that these immigrants would now be covered in case of a crash, and allow for a reduction of risk on California’s roads. One of the issues that led to the decision was the high number of hit and run accidents that occurred after an uninsured driver hit another vehicle or pedestrian.
How Did Social Engineering Lead to Lawlessness on California Roads?
What California is finding out quick is that this well-meaning bit of social engineering made the situation worse– a lot worse. Some of the illegals did get the required insurance. But many others decided not to keep the policy. So now, the state needs all drivers to show proof of insurance when receiving a license– but not during the period afterward. Accordingly, it has become a prevalent trend for illegal immigrants to drop coverage the day they receive their license.
How Many Illegals Have Legal Driver’s Licenses in California?
Growing out of Assembly Bill 60, Governor Jerry Brown signed it into law in 2013 as one of his significant accomplishments. Recently, the Fresno Bee published an editorial in which it explained that the issue with drivers sans insurance did not go away. In 2014 a half million illegals gained driver’s license under the plan.
How Many Illegals Have Bought Subsidized Insurance?
California expanded a program to allow these drivers to buy subsidized auto insurance. So far just a paltry 875 have. During a similar period, the California Highway Patrol reported 66,000 citations for operating a vehicle with no insurance.
Giving False Information to Police at Crash Scenes is at “Epidemic” Levels?
Good intentions often have adverse outcomes. In fact, there have been high-profile crashes in which drivers will give false information to the other driver or police. However, this has reached near epidemic levels, with many accident cases going unsolved.
It has hit many in the legal field especially hard, as it has become desperate to take on auto accident liability cases because of these factors. The problem only compounds as those that cause such accidents to drive off with little to no repercussions.
New Jersey is considering going down a similar path, local media reported. But they would be well served to learn from California’s example. So the disaster on California’s roads should act as a lesson, rather than a precedent for other states. Rather than being an act of compassion, the state’s activism has instead directly led to hundreds of unreported accidents. And because of this, there are untold numbers of injuries and fatalities.
Our legislators in Sacramento have the opportunity to step up over the next several years. At least they could put in place much stricter guidelines to check insurance. After all, this would significantly reduce strain on drivers fearing a hit-and-run accident. And this helps justice get served in and out of court.