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Despite 08 law, drivers still driving without licenses and insurance
Public safety State report shows legislation has had little effect in chiding some drivers to get the proper papers despite often heavy fines
By Sergio Cisneros, OPB, for the Northwest News Exchange
A recent state report indicates theres been almost no change in the percentage of Oregon drivers who have no license or car insurance, despite changes to driver license requirements that took effect several years ago.
Since 2009, Oregons DMV and Department of Transportation has done annual reports on the impacts of a 2008 law on driving without a license and without insurance. The law requires people to demonstrate proof of legal residence to get a drivers license.
The report compares drivers involved in accidents before and after the law took effect.
What weve seen is little to no change, said David House, a spokesman for Oregons Department of Motorized Vehicles. Or, if there is a change, its within the margin of error when it comes to both driving without a license or driving without insurance.
House says there may be a gradual change because most licenses are valid for eight years. He says some people may be driving now who wouldnt qualify to renew their licenses when they expire.
Oregon voters will decide in November whether to grant driving privileges to undocumented immigrants who cant prove legal residence.