Quinn, Cullerton call for immigrants to be able to get a driver's license

By WEEK Reporter

November 20, 2012 Updated Nov 20, 2012 at 11:53 PM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill -- Governor Pat Quinn and Senate President John Cullerton (D) were joined Tuesday by state and local leaders and the Illinois Highway Safety Coalition to announce efforts to ensure every Illinois motorist has a license.

According to a Tuesday press relase from the Governor's office, an estimated 250,000 immigrant motorists are on the roads that have not passed a driving test.

A new law to be introduced by Cullerton would allow immigrants without a social security number to get a driver's license. Current law prohibits immigrants from getting a license without a social security number.

According to the Illinois Highway Safety Coalition, unlicensed drivers are involved in almost 80,000 accidents each year, causing $650 million in damage.

The Governor's office says that Washington and New Mexico have already passed similar laws, which have resulted in declining accidents involving unlicened drivers.

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