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Unlicensed Drivers: A View From California (Letter to the Editor)

 There is nothing wrong if sobriety checkpoints find people who are “only” driving without a license....Compared with licensed drivers, unlicensed drivers are 4.9 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash; 3.7 times more likely to drive while impaired; and 4.4 times more likely to be in hit-and-run crashes. (MR. RAGLAND is adjunct professor of public health and founder of the U.C. Berkeley Traffic Safety Center/Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (SafeTREC), which administers the financing for the California sobriety and seatbelt checkpoint programs. Ms. Orrick is SafeTREC communications director.)

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