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Report: Licenses for undocumented immigrants would improve public safety

Charlotte, North Carolina, Apr 7 (EFE).- A report by the NC Budget & Tax Center reveals the economic and public safety benefits of issuing driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants in the Tar Heel State. Upwards of 254,000 immigrants could benefit from a state law allowing undocumented foreigners to get a driver's license, the report says.

After K-Pop and shopping, drivers' licenses lure Chinese to Korea

SIHEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Chinese shoppers already have a seemingly insatiable appetite for South Korean pop music, TV dramas, cosmetics and fashion. Now they're after another must-have item: a driver's license. In China, would-be drivers can wait up to a year for a license and pay double the $420 that one costs in South Korea. That has fuelled a boom in Chinese visitors taking South Korean driving tests and converting the licenses when they get home.

Illinois issues 14,000 drivers licenses to undocumented foreigners in 2 mo.

Chicago, Mar 13 (EFE).- The state of Illinois issued 14,000 temporary drivers licenses to undocumented foreigners in two months, which, if that rate of demand is maintained, could double the number of licenses expected to be handed out during the first year of the law that allowed it. The spokesman for the Office of the Secretary of State, Ernesto Martinez, told Efe on Thursday that the high demand could force the government to open new license issue locations in the second half of the year, which would be added to the 36 currently in operation.

Saskatchewan gives green light to tougher rules for new motorcycle riders

REGINA - The Saskatchewan government is giving the green light to recommendations aimed at improving motorcycle safety. Saskatchewan Government Insurance says the province has approved all proposed changes put forward last week by a motorcycle review committee. Changes that kick in this coming season include making new riders show that they can safely handle motorcycles before they get their licences. As well, people who want motorcycle learner's permits must first hold a Class 5 driver's licence, the standard licence for operating a vehicle.

11 dead after wrong-way car crashes in Florida and California

By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - Eleven people died early Sunday in two highway collisions, one in Florida and one in California, caused by drivers going the wrong way, authorities said. Five people died in the Florida collision and six were killed in California, and investigation continued into whether drugs or alcohol were factors in the crashes.

Multi-vehicle pileup shuts down part of Quebec highway amid blowing snow

MONTREAL - Blowing snow and strong winds caused an estimated 150 traffic accidents in Quebec on Monday, with at least two deaths attributed to the blustery conditions. Part of a major Quebec highway was shut down after a multi-vehicle smash-up that left seven people seriously injured and many others stranded. A man died in Saint-Edmond-de-Grantham, about 100 kilometres northeast of Montreal, when his car was struck by a tractor-trailer. In Saint-Georges, about 100 kilometres southeast of Quebec City, a woman was killed in a head-on collision with a truck.

Deadly pileup on snow-bound US highway

At least 15 large trucks were involved in a massive pileup that killed at least two people on a snow-bound highway in the US state of Indiana Thursday, officials said. "Many more" fatalities could be discovered when emergency crews are finally able to search the cars trapped underneath the big rigs, LaPorte County Coroner John Sullivan told NBC news. "It's just a mess out there right now," Sullivan told the station's Chicago affiliate.

Minicars fare worst in vehicle frontal crash test: report

By Deepa Seetharaman DETROIT (Reuters) - Minicars such as the Fiat 500 <FIA.MI> and Honda Fit <7267.T> performed worse than any other vehicle segment in a frontal crash test that mimics what happens when a car hits another vehicle, utility pole or tree. Of the 11 minicars tested by IIHS, only one won an overall "acceptable" rating in the so-called small overlap front crash test: the Chevrolet Spark made by General Motors Co <GM.N>, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said on Wednesday.

Illinois begins issuing licenses to undocumented

Chicago, Dec 3 (EFE).- Mexican immigrant Alejandro Almanza, who has lived in the United States for 13 years, on Tuesday became the first undocumented person in Illinois to initiate the process of obtaining a temporary driver's license. "I was a little nervous, hoping I wouldn't forget anything," Almanza told Efe as soon as he had gone through almost an hour's worth of procedures at one of the two facilities in Chicago set up to issue the temporary licenses. Two other offices in the pilot plan are up and running in Springfield, the state capital, and in Bloomington.

Undocumented immigrants start testing for Illinois driver's licenses

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Undocumented immigrants in Illinois began taking road tests on Tuesday to qualify for driver's licenses, starting a process expected to be closely watched by other U.S. states that are preparing to implement similar laws. Illinois is the largest U.S. state to implement legislation allowing undocumented immigrants to get licenses - following in the steps of New Mexico and Washington.
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