Why Was the Unlicensed Driver in the NJ Transit Bus Crash Not Arrested?

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There are still a lot of questions left to answer after a NJ Transit bus crash that happened in Newark in late October. Reportedly, a driver involved in the wreck did not have a driver license. Leading up to the incident, a 19-year-old man was driving a Honda Accord on Market Street in Newark around 4:33 am. The bus was also on Market Street heading in the opposite direction from the Honda prior to the collision.

The accident happened when the Honda veered into the opposite lane and crashed into the bus. Police were still investigating the incident as of this writing and had yet to determine why the Honda swerved into the opposite lane. In addition to the driver and a passenger from the Honda, 11 people on the bus had to go to the hospital to be treated for injuries. Despite facing charges for driving without a license, failure to provide registration, not wearing a seatbelt and careless driving, the driver of the Honda was not arrested as a result of the incident.

What Can Happen If You’re Caught Driving Without a License?

Often, people drive without a license, because their license has been revoked or suspended due to traffic violations, such as repeated speeding offenses or DUIs. Generally, if a driver has never obtained a driver license before getting caught driving without a license, then the penalties for will be less severe than for drivers who have had a valid driver license before. Penalties are also less severe for people whose licenses are expired as opposed to suspended or revoked. In such cases, unlicensed drivers may only face a fine.

If a driver is cited for driving without a license, because his or her driver license was revoked or suspended as a condition of a severe offense, like a DUI, then, depending on state laws, he or she could be facing jail time and an extension of his or her license suspension.

Have you ever been involved in an auto accident with a driver without a license, registration or even car insurance? If so, what happened? Share your story in the comments section below or post it on our Facebook page. This information may be helpful to someone else facing a similar situation.

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