Staggering number of people in Oklahoma drive without valid license

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OKLAHOMA CITY - The holiday season is always one of the busiest travel times of the year.

Every minute of every day, someone is driving illegally, without a license or insurance.

Turning onto Meridian, the driver of a motorcycle found himself suddenly sideswiped.

"It happened really fast and we hit the ground," said accident victim James Corey.

Corey suffered some scratches in the wreck and says the other driver ignored a red light causing the crash.

On scene James snapped a picture of the woman behind the wheel of the truck, Maria Arellano.

"She rolled down the window and I asked if she had insurance and she shook her hands like I don't speak English," said Corey.

At the time of the crash, police say Arellano did not have a valid Oklahoma drivers license, although she does have a license from Mexico.

She also did not have legal insurance and had been driving illegally.

"I can't even explain the frustration about it," said Corey. "There's no words to describe how frustrating it can be."

"Every few minutes someone is going to be driving with no license," said Stacey Davis with Oklahoma City municipal courts.

Municipal judge's see the same story repeat itself every day.

Over the last two years in Oklahoma City, more that 10 thousand drivers were cited for not having a state drivers license.

More than 6 thousand were caught driving under suspension and nearly 2 thousand were driving under revocation.

Those numbers translate into near one person arrested each hour.

More specifically, 25 people are arrested each day for not having some kind of a valid drivers license, and those are just the ones that get caught.

"It is kind of mindboggling that one of the things we're supposed to do many have chosen to go without," said Davis.

State and city officials agree it's impossible to know how many people are driving on the roads each day illegally.

"Nobody knows all the people that are out there driving with no license," said Davis.

"It's scary and it's stupid that there is no way to do anything about it," said Corey.

The first time someone is arrested for driving without a license, they do not face any jail time.

Every subsequent offense carries a maximum 180 days behind bars.


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