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Impacts of Illegal Immigration: Traffic Accidents

On October 19, 2003, the 29 year old, ex-quarterback for the University of Colorado football team, John Hesler, was driving his Honda Accord on Interstate 76 in Colorado when it was clipped by an SUV sending it across a median and into the path of a pickup truck, causing a horrific accident. The driver and passenger of the SUV that caused the accident fled the scene and haven't been found. The Colorado State Patrol told Hesler's family that they most likely are in Mexico.

As of January 2007, John Hesler was still living in a rehabilitation center going through extensive mental and physical therapy. The car that caused the accident did not have insurance. Since the driver was not apprehended or ticketed nobody knows whether the driver causing the accident had a license or not. Most likely he did not, but even if so, false documentation is a major problem in Colorado, as well as across the USA.

John Hesler was "lucky." He survived his traffic encounter with an illegal alien but not without terrible costs to himself and family. Go to the John Hesler website to see the journey from being on the top of the world with a full life and promise before him to:

"John's thought process improves daily which is great, but there for awhile the realization of everything he has endured hit him like a ton of bricks. Negative thoughts and remarks became a frequent visitor in John's everyday life. A change was needed and we pray and ask each of you to continue to pray that this will bring John back to a lasting optimistic state of mind."

For a detailed report on what is happening on the roads and highways of the East Coast see the article Harvest of death on the Eastern Shore where it is reported that while 5% of the population in the area is Hispanic they are involved in 25% of the fatal traffic accidents, an astounding 5 times as much participation as representation. Given the fact that most members of the Hispanic community are law abiding and responsible citizens, that means that a large percentage of the illegal alien portion of the Hispanic community is even worse. How much worse nobody knows because NOBODY IS TRACKING IT.

A review of State Police auto accident reports for 2002 through 2004 for that area of the Eastern Shore also revealed that of the 179 accidents involving Hispanic laborers:

  • 75% of the drivers had no auto insurance.
  • Nearly all of the vehicles driven by migrants were registered to other drivers.
  • 93% of the vehicles had false out-of-state tags.

In 2003 and 2004, 128 of the 395 people, 32.4%, arrested on DUI charges were Hispanic, a rate six times greater than the Hispanic portion of the population.

The article goes on, "When crashes occur, it is not uncommon for Hispanic drivers – often intoxicated and unlicensed – to flee before troopers arrive. According to State Police records, about a third of accidents involving migrant workers are hit-and-run. State Trooper Koushel said migrants often cannot be conclusively identified when they're stopped for a violation or involved in an accident." "Many", he said, "are illegal aliens who carry fake or invalid driver's licenses". "Because of that", he said, "many fail to show up in court. It's almost like writing a ticket to a ghost."

For more information on the DUI problem, see Hispanics in crashes lead DWI stats.

Illegal aliens that drive without licenses often can not read English. As a result, they don't know the rules of the road and can't read highway signs. As noted in Where Illegals Go for Driver's Licenses, North Carolina allows illegal aliens who can't speak English to bring in their own interpreter so the English speaking examiners don't have a clue what the applicant knows or doesn't know. Couple that with the higher tendency for DUI driving and many illegal aliens are the worst drivers on the road, as noted by some of the various traffic accident statistics cited in this paper. Add in the fact that they generally have no insurance and that makes them, as a group, the most irresponsible drivers on the road, as well.

As noted in No license to drive: Illegal immigrant drivers creating problem in De Queen, Arkansas, population 5,765:

"Hispanic drivers in De Queen without driver's licenses have become an accident waiting to happen, an official said. "The majority of Hispanics have no driver's license and they're part of the illegal immigration problem. If they're here illegally, they can't get into the system to get driver's license. In most cases they don't have car insurance either," said Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy.

... The drivers also have no vehicle insurance and no liability insurance, says McKelvy.

... In the last two months, De Queen has been averaging about an accident per week involving Hispanic drivers with no driver's licenses. Ten vehicles have been involved and the average amount of damage per vehicle was estimated to be $3,000. So far, none of the crashes in De Queen have been fatal."

However the consequences of illegal aliens driving have not just been a few cars damaged as in DeQueen. Putting some of the personal consequences of the "victimless crime" into perspective:

Police chief of the Needville Independent School District, Chief Ernest V. Mendoza lost his life when he was hit head on by drunken illegal alien Guillermo Paniagua Paniagua who veered into his lane. Paniagua had four previous drunken driving convictions. Paniagua fled the scene on foot but was captured latter. Mendoza, a 25-year-veteran of law enforcement, leaves behind a wife and four children.

Min Soon Chang, a freshman from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, was killed by drunk driving illegal alien Jorge Humberto Hernandez-Soto, who hit him while going 100 MPH the wrong way on the highway. Hernadez-Sot had been previously deported to his native Mexico 17 times. That is not a typo.

Cheryl Ceran, 47, and two of her children, 15-year-old Ian and 7-year-old Julianna were killed on Christmas Eve by drunk driving illegal alien Carlos Rodolfo Prieto, 24, who ran a red light and slammed into their car. Also injured in the crash were Cheryl Ceran's husband, Gary Ceran, 45, their daughter, Clarissa, 19, and a son, Caleb, 12. Prieto had at least two other drunken driving arrests and did not have a license.

Kelly Bergen, 25, a teacher, was crushed between two potato trucks, an accident caused by an illegal alien driving without a license or insurance.

Deputy Loren Lilly, an 18 year veteran of the Cobb County, GA, police department was killed Christmas Eve morning on his way to work when an illegal alien swerved into his lane. The driver, Joel Camacho Perea, faces charges of hit and run, failure to maintain lane and driving without a license.

Marine Corporal Brian Mathews, 21, and his girlfriend Jennifer Bower, 24, were killed by a drunk illegal alien Eduardo Raul Morales-Soriano who slammed into their car when it was stopped at a traffic light. Corporal Mathews was on leave, after just returning from duty in Iraq. Morales-Soriano had a blood-alcohol level that was four times the legal limit.

20 year old Natalie Housand was killed when illegal alien Jesus Garcia Lopez hit her car while going 100 MPH, driving drunk. Amazingly, after the head-on collision, Lopez fled the scene.

Donna and Sean Wilson of Juliet Tennessee, were killed by illegal alien Gustavo Reyes Garcia who had been, arrested 14 times in the previous five years prior to when he ran into and killed them, again driving while intoxicated. Garcia had previously been arrested 5 times on DUIs.

Tricia Taylor
Tricia Ann Taylor, 17, lost both her legs above the knees when she was pinned against a wall by a drunken illegal alien with seventeen prior violations who hit her while drag racing.

Ryan Ostendorf, a 28 year old paramedic, who was also a Kansas University student and who dreamed of becoming a doctor, was killed by illegal alien Victor Anzua-Torresa who had ignored an order to receive treatment after his previous drunken-driving conviction. Anzua-Torresa had also been previously deported in 2000 and been arrested for several other offenses, including possession of drug paraphernalia.

Felix Leon
5-year-old Felix Leon was killed in a hit and run accident by illegal alien Carlos Jaramillo.

James F. Rogers Jr., 18, of North Jackson, TN was killed by Luis Oscar Garcia, a Mexican who had been living in the U.S. without a green card for three years. Garcia ran a red light. In addition to the vehicular homicide and DUI charges, Garcia faces counts of driving without a license, registration or proof of insurance. When police did a check on his license plate, it did not come back under his name.

Joshua Morrow, 4, and his uncle, Ronald Bishop were killed by an illegal alien who left the scene of the accident.

Christopher Shackleford, 19, Julieanne Pascoe, 18, and Kelli Bourgeois, 18, were all killed in Marietta, Georgia, by an illegal alien drunk driver. He did not have a valid driver's license or insurance but did have a blood alcohol level at twice the legal limit.

Brandon Haley, 31, was killed while riding his bicycle in a hit and run by illegal alien Lazardo Lobaton.

Marti Family
The Marti family, pictured here during a happy moment that no longer exists. Sean, just 24 years old, and his daughter Sage, 5 months old, were killed by a drunk illegal alien who was driving the wrong way on Highway 84 in Idaho. Natalie Marti was in a coma for two weeks after the head-on crash, spent two months in the hospital, and has suffered brain damage from a traumatic head wound.

Chicago Police Officer Michael Gordon lost his life to a drunken illegal alien driver. Officer Gordon was in the driver's seat of his squad car when it was struck by Luis Calle, a Guatemalan, whose blood alcohol level was 0.177, twice the legal limit.

Helen Hughes, 22, Jennifer Carter, 18, and Hughes' stepbrother, 16-year-old Ben Leonard were all killed by an illegal alien, who allegedly was driving drunk, and already had a long record of crime in the United States.

Amy Kortlang
22-year-old Amy Kortlang was killed by an illegal alien driving without a license and while drunk. The illegal alien driver had been previously deported, barely six months prior to causing the accident.

Oakland Police Officer Will Seuis was killed on his ride home by an illegal alien. A sixteen-year veteran of the Police Department, Officer Seuis was remembered at his funeral as a hard-working cop who had received 33 letters of appreciation from citizens, including one from a motorist he had ticketed. The illegal alien had a long history of traffic convictions.

Peggy Keller, dean of distance education at Yakima Valley Community College, was killed by a twice deported illegal alien who was driving under the influence of methamphetamines.

19 year old Travis Smith was killed when he was struck head-on by a vehicle driven by an illegal alien who was transporting four other illegal aliens to Pennsylvania.

Six year old Annie Cumpston was killed in a hit-and-run accident in downtown Baltimore by a truck driven by illegal alien Guillermo Diaz when it veered into the crosswalk as she and her family were leaving the circus. When Diaz was arrested, he did not have a driver's license, the tags on the truck were expired and his blood-alcohol level was 0.07 percent. Diaz had been in the United States illegally for four years doing construction work. He received 10 years in prison but is eligible for parole in just two years. This is an example of a horrific crime where all the easy to find references are gone but you can find the story at archived at CRIME VICTIMS OF ILLEGAL ALIENS.

The above are only a small sampling. Be sure to see the links at the end of this section.

How bad is the problem getting? See: The Carnage of Unisured Motorists for a detailed report on the havoc caused by illegal alien drivers in an East Coast community and Numbers flabbergast legislators - Crashes, arrests highlight illegal immigration problem, lawmakers say where over a few days of bad weather in Colorado over 100 illegal aliens were in auto accidents or given traffic tickets.

For a growing twist on the problem, see: Illegals without driver's licenses register cars and Dangerous Loophole Allows Illegal Drivers On Road.

Finally, it is worth noting that illegal alien drivers are not only killing Americans and themselves. Some of the most horrific accidents are as a result of an illegal alien transporting other illegal aliens. For a few examples, see: Van stuffed full of immigrants takes deadly roll or 9 suspected illegal immigrants killed in Yuma crash or Driver in Crash Held on Smuggling Counts. In the first two incidents there were 21 illegal aliens in the vehicles that got into the accident. In the third there were "only" 11 in the van with four dying. The emergency services and medical costs on the local community for such accidents are enormous and especially burdensome on the smaller rural communities.

Who pays for the carnage? American citizens, of course. As noted in When illegal immigrants crash, taxpayers usually foot the bill, "the only trauma center in Southern Arizona, Tucson's University Medical Center ... At the current run rate we'll incur 5 - 6 million dollars in un-reimbursed costs for taking care of foreign nationals." That is just the unpaid emergency medical costs for one hospital in one city. Since there is no such thing as a free lunch, the insured pay for treating the uninsured through higher medical costs and insurance premiums.

How many Americans are being killed in traffic accidents by illegal aliens? As noted by a Media Matters article interview, Boyles guest acknowledges "no one really knows how many Americans per day are being killed by illegal aliens" as it is all a guess based on bits and pieces starting with the fact that nobody really knows how many illegal aliens are actually in the USA. Again, it comes back to nobody knows because NOBODY IS TRACKING IT.

Looking at one particularly egregious component of traffic accidents, hit and runs, nationally 11 of every 100 traffic accidents are a hit and run. After a hit and run driver flees the accident scene, something very common when the driver is an illegal alien, the unfortunate victim is responsible for all the expenses, as well as suffering the inconvenience of being without a car while it's being repaired.

Fortunately, the vast majority of hit and run accidents only cause vehicle damage but many drivers, including, most notably, illegal aliens, do not have insurance, let alone adequate insurance, to handle any expenses, even if only to repair the unfortunate victim's car. Thus, if you do not carry comprehensive insurance on an older car and are hit by an illegal alien that destroys your car, you are left without a car. As bad as that can be, unfortunately, there are also many deaths and serious injuries as well, for which the victim's insurance must also pay. Although they may be hidden in some states, these costs are represented in the "uninsured drivers" portion of your auto insurance premium.

As noted in Not all Hit and Run Accident Victims Die, often the injuries are often crippling, life long, and require many years of treatments and hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars in medical costs.

How many hit and run accidents are there and what is the participation of illegal aliens? As reported by Deadly Roads, as of December 29, there were 1,544 killed and 105,078 injured in hit and run accidents in 2006. Extrapolating for the year, 2006 will end up with about 1,560 killed and 105,948 injured by hit and run drivers. If the illegal alien population was responsible for just 5% of the carnage, that would result in 78 killed and 5,297 injured. However, as previously noted, the data suggests that the proportional involvement of illegal aliens in traffic accidents is actually far higher and there is no reason to believe it would be any different for hit and run accidents. In fact, if anything, the participation of illegal aliens is probably even higher but, again, NOBODY IS TRACKING IT so nobody really knows.

For what is happening in California see California's hit-and-run crisis - More flee fatal accidents here than any other state where it is reported: "

"The number of fatal hit-and- run traffic deaths statewide jumped by 19 percent from 1999 to 2001, federal statistics show. Nearly 300 people are killed annually in hit-and-run accidents in the state.

Hit-and-runs accounted for 7.8 percent of the state's fatal crashes in 2001, the latest year for which figures are available from the U.S. Transportation Department. The figure is more than twice the national average of 3.8 percent - and a full percentage point higher than the next-highest state, Arizona."

In Spiral Of Immigrant Corruption In America, Frosty Wooldridge says, "To give you an idea of how fast the United States careens into Third World standard operating procedure, in Greeley, Colorado last year, police recorded 270 hit and run accidents for that year. Greeley, with less than 70,000 residents, houses the largest contingent of (illegal alien) Mexicans in Colorado."

While anecdotal, it fits the pattern as California has the highest illegal alien population of all states, Arizona has the second highest, and Greeley is reported to have one of the highest percentage concentration of illegal aliens in Colorado. In any case, nobody that I am aware of is correlating the incidence of hit-and-run accidents with the illegal alien population.

As noted in a 2003 article in the Austin American Statesmen, A troubling trend: Hispanics and DWI - Latinos account for nearly half of 2002 Austin arrests:

"Of 3,007 drunken driving arrests in 2002, 43 percent involved Hispanic men, even though they make up only about 11 percent of Austin's driving population.

Including women, Hispanics made up 47 percent of the DWI arrests but only 21 percent of Austin drivers.

... Statewide, 42 percent of the people arrested in 2002 for driving while intoxicated were Latino, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

In Austin, 46 percent of the people arrested for drunk driving from 1999 to 2002 were Latino, according to the Austin Police Department."

As noted in a December 2005 article, Durham court outreaches to Latinos to prevent DWI, by Paul Savery in the Carolina NewsWire:


... Latinos are over represented among individuals charged with DWI in Durham. Latinos account for 7.6% of Durham's population, but account for a much greater percentage of those individuals charged with DWIs and other traffic offenses.

In Durham 44% (589) of individuals charged with a traffic offense are Latino and 40% (74) of all individuals charged with a DWI were Latino. (Based on the Coalition's sampling of data from the Durham Traffic Court dockets. A one week period (5 days) of Durham Traffic Court was selected at random from each of the last 3 months of 2004 and yielded a total sample of 1338 of individuals charged with traffic offences.)

In Durham 46% (253) of individuals charged with DWI are Latino. 99% (251) of Latinos charged with DWI were male, with an average age of 27 years old. (Based on the Coalition's examination of the Durham City Police Department's 2004 DWI Arrest Record which accounts for all the DWI arrests (801) from 1-1-04 to 12-31-04.)

The Latino community in Durham is paying a terrible cost for the high rate of drinking and driving. Apart from the cost of legal fees, fines, lost wages from DWI convictions, the cost of drinking and driving in terms of death and injury is also high. Recent data for 2002-2003 from a local trauma center shows that 43% of Latino admissions are due to motor vehicle collisions and a significant number involved alcohol use."

As noted in a July 2006 article Illegal Immigrants Filling Jails - Sheriff's department officials around state predict thing will worsen in the Carolina Journal Print by Karen Welsh:

"RALEIGH - County jails throughout North Carolina are stressed to the limit with illegal immigrants, law-enforcement officials say.

... Kevin Jastzabski, prison captain for the Lee County Sheriff's Department, said the number of Hispanics clogging the county's system is getting larger everyday. "We do have a problem, and it is going to keep on growing," he said "It doesn't look like it's going to slow down any time soon."

... It's not racial discrimination, as some have feared, but cultural differences that are putting most of the illegal immigrants behind bars.

The arrests are legitimate, Jones said, and arise mostly from drug trafficking or driving under the influence of alcohol in Alamance County. DUI is the number one killer of Hispanic males in the state, he said.

"There are cultural differences," he said. "They drink and drive. It's culturally acceptable for them to do that. When we bring them in, they are usually double the legal limit. But law-enforcement officers have been called racist and have been accused of singling out Hispanics. Now the statistics are showing we were probably right from the onset - law-enforcement-wise."

As noted in a December 2006 article by Jared Allen in the Nashville City Paper, Male Hispanics responsible for disproportionate number of fatal car crashes:

"As a percentage of Nashville's population, male Hispanics have been responsible for a greater percentage of fatal traffic accidents this year than any other demographic, police data show.

... While the U.S. Census bureau estimates that Hispanics made up approximately 6.3 percent of Nashville's population in 2004, police say they were responsible for 17 percent of the fatal car wrecks that have occurred so far in 2006.

... Since the summer, Nashville's Hispanic leaders have weathered a tempest caused by a number of deadly, high- profile accidents police say came at the hands of Latinos, three quarters of whom were allegedly drunk, and some who have been identified as illegal immigrants.

"As a cultural group, Hispanics are responsible for more fatal accidents then they are entitled to ... based on their percentage of the population," said Metro Police Sgt. William Keeter, supervisor of traffic analysis, hit and runs and fatal crash investigations.

... At the same time, though, alcohol was a contributing factor in 75 percent of the fatal car crashes caused this year by Hispanics, a far higher percentage than with other groups, police said.

Keeter said the rate of alcohol-caused crashes among whites, Blacks, Asians and others is usually about 40 percent."

Over on the West Coast the problem persists but, interestingly, not at the same rate in one report. As noted in DUI's culture gap -Latinos in S.J. account for disproportionate amount of arrests:

"Approximately 2,000 Latino men like Mercado were arrested in Stockton between 2000 and 2004 on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. They accounted for at least 54 percent of all DUI arrests in Stockton, according to the Police Department, although Latinos make up just 35.3 percent of the city's population, based on the latest estimates from the California Department of Finance.

In 2004 alone, police arrested 4,242 people on DUI charges in San Joaquin County, according to the California Department of Justice. Latinos accounted for 46.8 percent of the arrests but only 33.1 percent of the county's population. In Stockton, 59 percent of the 883 DUI arrestees that year were Latino men, the highest percentage of any city in San Joaquin County."

Maybe the Hispanics in California are drinking more wine. Regardless, the article goes on to note:

"The Latino community creates its own problems," said Joe Ynostroza, technical assistance director for the California Hispanic Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse in Sacramento, a nonprofit educational organization. The problem is especially acute in Mexico.

"Most of this is first- or second-generation Mexican males," he said. "Alcoholism runs rampant in the Mexican Latino community."

No other ethnic or racial group has such a high level of DUI arrests statewide, according to the California Department of Justice"

How much of this is attributable to Hispanic illegal aliens nobody knows because NOBODY IS TRACKING IT. The lower number may actually be a result of the larger Hispanic community where the vast majority of Hispanics are law abiding and are not committing DUI/DWIs.

In any case, note the references to "cultural differences," an issue discussed in the following section.

While fairly small samples, the reports indicate that Hispanics are involved in DWIs at a rate that is often three to five times than their representation in the population. That is an amazing statistic. The impact of Hispanic illegal alien DWIs on the resident Hispanic portion of the overall DWI statistics is unknown but is undoubtedly very large and giving the Hispanic community a very bad reputation and reinforcing old stereotypes.

In any case, nobody tracks DUIs/DWIs OR accidents by resident status. As previously noted, coming up with a more accurate number is complicated by the fact that the MSM seem to go out of their way to not report residential status of the person involved in the crime or accident. Even in some of the references used in this report you will have to dig deep to find the resident status of the perpetrator. Regardless, the number is considerable and we need to ask ourselves if having 5% collateral damage for a "victimless crime" is acceptable.

If 5% is acceptable, then how about 25%?

In 2000, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released a comprehensive report Unlicensed to Kill detailing the carnage being caused by unlicensed drivers. While the report did not identify if the unlicensed drivers were illegal aliens or not, it did note that of the 278,078 drivers involved in fatal crashes in the US between 1993 and 1997 some 3.7% were unlicensed, 2.7% were of unknown licensed status, and another 7.4% were driving on invalid licenses. The end result is that during the period 42,049 people were killed in crashes involving at least one driver who was unlicensed, driving on an invalid license, or with a license of unknown status. The report also notes that DUI drivers also played a significant part in the highway carnage.

As previously noted, a high percentage of illegal aliens tend to drive without licenses and fake licenses. While the number of illegal aliens involved in the 278,078 fatal crashes caused by drivers with no or improper licenses during the examined period is unknown, if just 5% of the 42,049 deaths were caused by illegal aliens that is over 2,000 American citizens killed during the five year period which is an average of 400 citizens per year. The absolute number of traffic deaths caused by illegal aliens driving without licenses is unknown, but most likely much higher than just a 5% participation rate.

In 2003, the AAA Foundation released Unlicensed to Kill – the Sequel, which goes into more detail regarding state practices. The report noted that the data showed a wide variation across states in the proportions of drivers involved in fatal crashes who lacked a valid license – from a low of 6.1% in Maine to a high of 23.1% in New Mexico. Arizona and California closely followed New Mexico. Reviewing the involvement, there is a strong correlation between the percentages and the states with higher proportions of illegal aliens, although the report does not make that link. By-the-way, regardless of residency status, both reports basically say that vehicle impoundment is the best method to prevent unlicensed drivers from killing people, as most offenders are usually arrested on prior DUIs. California also uses it to get older, more polluting vehicles off the roadway and their laws have resulted in forfeiture in approximately half the cases. Evidently in California it is OK to kill people while driving without a license but not OK to gas them with a little more pollution. The report also noted that in the vast majority of cases, an unlicensed driver with a DUI was not the owner of the vehicle.

In any case, compare the AAA's data with the information from the East Coast in the article Harvest of death on the Eastern Shore where the participation of illegal aliens is actually noted.

As reported in a 2001 article, Cultural Impact, from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD): "... when you combine the Hispanic drinking culture with the lack of education on drunk driving prevention, you end up with tragic consequences." The article goes on, "According to research compiled by Dr. Catherine Clark of the Alcohol Policy Group in Berkeley, Calif., Hispanic drivers are more likely than Anglo drivers to consume more alcohol more frequently and have been shown to be more likely than Anglos to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level over .05 percent." MADD's data indicate that 42% of all traffic fatalities involved alcohol, the percentage is increasing, and Hispanics as a group are involved at a much higher rate than their portion of the population.

Is the percentage of fatalities involving alcohol increasing because of the increasing component of Hispanic illegal alien drivers? Again, nobody knows but the data would suggest it.

As noted in a Pan American Health Organization World Health Day 2004: Road Safety report:

"In the United States, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for Hispanics between the ages of 1 and 34, and the third leading cause of death for all ages surpassed only by heart disease and cancer, according to the U.S. Transportation Department's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

NHTSA also found that Hispanics are less likely to wear a seat belt. In addition, a NHTSA study said, "although Hispanic male teenagers travel fewer miles than their white counterparts, they are nearly twice as likely to die in a motor vehicle crash."

Do you suppose the tendency of Hispanics to be involved in DUI/DWIs at far greater rates might have something to do with that?

According to a NHSTA press release, there were 16,885 alcohol-related fatalities in 2005. The press release notes "According to the data released today, the highest percentage of drivers in alcohol-related fatal crashes was for male drivers ages 21 to 34 (33 percent), followed by males age 35 to 44 (25 percent).

As to be expected, the NHSTA does not track fatalities by ethnicity or citizenship. Interestingly, even the CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control will not even identify "Hispanics" or "illegal aliens" as part of their Impaired Driving Groups at Risk, despite overwhelming evidence of the alarmingly high risks for these two groups. They will, however, provide the fact sheet page in Spanish.

The estimates on the number of illegal aliens in the USA range from a generally accepted low of 12 million to a few estimates of 20-25 or more million. One report, Census Bureau Distortions Hide Immigration Crisis- Real Numbers Much Higher, says that the numbers may actually be far higher.

For the sake of argument I'll use 15 million. Assuming equal automobile ownership, a straight proportional representation of illegal aliens in traffic accidents can now be estimated. Thus 15 million illegal aliens in a population of 300 million is a 5% representation level. However, as some data has suggested the actual participation may be much greater than the representation and lower automobile ownership would also increase the participation rate.

If we were to apply the 5% illegal alien representation in the population to the 16,885 alcohol related fatalities it results in 844 deaths. However, it is worth noting that Representative King states in Biting the Hand That Feeds You that illegal aliens are responsible for 4,745 deaths. I believe Congressman King based his numbers on two GAO reports (d05337r and d05646r) on the number of incarcerated illegal aliens and the total number of incarcerated prisoners and applying the resulting percentage to the NHSTA's numbers. Based on this estimate, illegal aliens would be responsible for about 28.1% of the total alcohol related deaths which means that illegal aliens are responsible for 5.6 times as many deaths as representation. While on the high side, note how close that is to the participation in the limited DWI studies referenced earlier.

Whether or not illegal aliens are involved in all traffic accidents at the same rate as DWIs is unknown because NOBODY IS TRACKING IT.

In any case, the NHTSA reported that in 2004 there were 6,181,000 traffic accidents that killed 42,636 and injured 2,788,000. They also reported that the economic costs for traffic accidents in 2000 was $230.6 Billion. If illegal aliens are responsible for just 5% of it, that is 309,050 accidents, 2,132 deaths, 139,400 injuries, and a cost of $11.5 billion.

If Congressman King is correct and if illegal aliens are involved in all traffic accidents at the higher participation rate, multiply those figures by 5.6.

Regardless of the actual amount, unquestionably illegal aliens are involved in traffic accidents, hit and runs, DWIs, and drunk driving deaths at rates that are far higher than their representation in the population - as much as five times greater. Even if only twice as much, I'll let you do the math on the collateral damage and carnage being inflicted by illegal aliens.

It is worth repeating that NOBODY IS TRACKING the illegal alien component of the traffic accident carnage. This makes it impossible to do an accurate cost/benefit analysis to see if the collateral damage is worth having them here. However, there are strong indications that we are paying a horrendous cost with scores of Americans, and illegal aliens, being injured and killed on America's highways and byways as a direct result of illegal alien drivers.

So much for a "victimless crime."

As detailed in this section, illegal alien drivers, as a group, are probably the absolute worst drivers on the road. They are, without question, the most irresponsible.

Illegal alien drivers kill and injure far more children than alar, second hand smoke, and Mark Foley.


Which got all the press?

In tolerating illegal immigration, exactly how many Americans do YOU accept being injured and killed by illegal aliens in traffic accidents?

In accepting the collateral damage of illegal immigration, how many people can be killed by drunk-driving illegal aliens?

How many American children is it acceptable to have seriously injured, permanently maimed, and killed by grossly irresponsible illegal alien drivers to save ten cents on a head of lettuce?

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Here are a few more links on the carnage being caused by illegal alien drivers: