In addition to the above special risk groups most likely to cause an accident, there are seventy-two separate restrictions distinguished purposes of driver's license coding.
However, in some cases (SR 22 filings, provisional, or probationary operating licenses for example) the DMV or court zeros in on tailored limitations to achieve the specific balance needed to maintain public safety and the balanced needs of the citizen driver.
How Was the CDS Study Data Obtained?
There are about 5,000 crashes per year involving all types of passenger cars, pickup trucks, and vans. Since 1979, the NHTSA has collected "Crash Data Statistics" ("CDS") on over 160,000 crashes. Then, its trained crash analysts gathered details from photographic evidence from many collision locations.
Evidence gathered from the data was obtained in many ways, including measurements of skid marks, locations of spilled oil, and fluids, shards of glass, plastic and other broken off vehicle parts, as well as bent guardrails. Investigators then located the autos involved, took pictures, and measured crash damage.
They even went so far as to identify interior areas that were hit by the people and things inside. Additionally, in our study below, we have used OTS and SWITRS data.
The Elderly Vehicle Operator Problem.
Laguna Woods in particular, with its many elders (median age of 78) is not just a prime area for elder abuse claims. Particularly relevant to travelers is that many elderly drivers take prescription drugs and drive.
Also, some older drivers may have undiagnosed dementia or another disease. So with these added dangers, there is no denying that Laguna can be a dangerous place.
So one might say, "operate a motor vehicle here at your own risk." Some reckless old drivers maybe should not be on the roads at all.
What is the Most Common Driving Restriction in California?
"Must wear corrective lenses," remains by far the most common precondition to legally driving in California. If your eyes need lenses, you can't drive without them.
However, sometimes, other licensing requirements to drive exist. As an example, the hearing officer can restrict driving to certain areas or times of the day.
Also, special vehicular equipment may be necessary. As an example, these could include registration for unique mirrors or special hand controls for those lacking use of their legs. Also, select vehicles like vans may have unique features and equipment for people using assistive physical mechanisms.
So these could include wheelchairs and wheelchair ramps and even lift devices for people with artificial limbs. The DMV sets forth these administrative measures to maintain a balance between safety and necessity properly.
As an example, older adults may be good to go for short trips around town, but won't be able to endure the stressful, high-density traffic on freeways and main junctions at night. But imagine needing to head over to the VA Hospital around 1:00 pm. That would be ok.
Or what if the elder needs to make a short trip to the grocery store near their home? That's going to be also approved likely. So here, the Department can work to make sure the restriction serves the needs of the community as a whole.
What About Deviant drivers?
Sometimes drivers are out of control. Road rage, street racing, etc., all place the DMV on alert. But repeat traffic infractions are also indicators of deviant driving behavior.
Because of this, the DMV has guidelines to keep bad actors off the roads. In this case, a prima facie case for negligent operator exists when the driver's convictions total four or more points in a given 12 months period or six or more points in 24 months.
And if the driver accumulates eight or more points in 36 months, there is also a prima facie case for negligent operator status.