Updated:CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
A new study shows thousands of people in North Carolina would benefit from making driver's licenses available to people living in the U.S. without legal permission.
Just last month, Action NC and other groups met in east Charlotte to talk about the Reclaim NC act.
The bill would allow residents living in the state unlawfully to drive.
The group says making them go through the training required to get a license would make roads safer.
A report by the budget and tax center shows more than 90 percent of North Carolinians use a car to get to work.
According to AAA, unlicensed drivers are five times more likely to be involved in a deadly accident.
In North Carolina, 1 out of every 7 drivers is unlicensed.
Not everyone driving without a license is actually in the country illegally.
The report also shows the state could generate new revenue.
Application fees to get a driver’s license would bring in about $8 million.
Being able to drive a car has become more important throughout the state.
Researchers said making sure those drivers are licensed will make the roads safer.
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