California may try a pilot program that would test digital license plates.
The effort would cut down on processing and shipping costs. The initial program would have up to 160,000 California drivers participating. The bill passed through the Assembly, 71-3, and will return to the Senate for a final vote.
While the program would certainly save money and perhaps streamline the process, there is also privacy to think of. Some groups have pointed out that digital plates may allow the government to track motorists.
In California, fewer teens are driving and seniors are hanging onto their driver’s licenses.
The number of drivers age 85 and older has jumped by 75 percent over the last decade, because people are living longer, healthier lives. Studies have also shown that drivers over 85 are most likely to be at fault in a car accident, and more likely to be injured. Teens are more likely to to be involved in crashed with injuries, and twice as likely to get traffic tickets, studies show.
One big factor in the decline of teen drivers is the difficulty of getting a license, and the restrictions placed on teen drivers. Now many people are opting to get their licenses at age 19 or 20 instead of at 16.
These restrictions will hopefully help keep the roads safer and cut down on reckless driving.