I can admit that getting a license as a teenager/young adult can be hard as you either have to cough up a lot of money to take the driver's training classes to learn the necessary skills of operating a vehicle or hope someone teaches you while you wait to turn 18 and take the non-traditional route. The problem is most of those people either miss out on a lot of key information or don't have someone to teach them the nuisance things and rules of the road.

Those are just a few examples of those who could be driving without a license but we also have to talk about the other side of things. There are a group of people out there that are just not good at driving but they choose to drive anyway. These are the people who are often speeding and ignoring other rules of the road even though they shouldn't be driving. These people often have their licenses revoked or suspended, have been in many accidents, collected several points on their license, or never had a license to begin with. They often cause fatal accidents with their driving habits and Indiana has this happening more than 45 other states in the country.

A new study has revealed that Texas has the highest rate of unlicensed drivers involved in fatal crashes across the United States. The research conducted by personal injury lawyer Connecticut Trial Firm, analyzed the latest available data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on drivers involved in fatal crashes between 2017 and 2021.

In fifth place, Indiana saw 1,268 drivers without a valid license involved in fatal collisions between 2017 and 2021, which equated to 19.89% of the total 6,375 drivers. More than half of the drivers (54%) didn’t have a valid license because it had been suspended – the highest ratio in the top ten. I'm not sure how to feel about these statistics because would it be worse if they had never had a license?

Ryan McKeen, spokesperson for Connecticut Trial Firm said: “At a national level, the data reveals that out of the 271,028 drivers involved in fatal crashes over the five years, 46,861 of them did not have a valid license. The most common reason was that the driver’s license had been suspended, which was found to be the case for 15,805 people, while a further 14,498 simply did not have a license.

Either way, when driving through the state of Indiana make sure that you are being aware of everything around you. You should be driving that way at all times but the chances that you could be in a serious or even fatal accident with someone that doesn't have insurance or a driver's license is quite high.

25 Personalized License Plates Rejected by the Indiana BMV

Every year the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles sifts through applications for personalized license plates, and every year hundreds are rejected below are 25 of the more than 1,000 rejected license plates that the BMV received between January and December of 2023. You'll also find a link to the full list of rejected personalized license plates below.

Gallery Credit: Kat Mykals

SEE: 35 Personalized License Plates the Indiana BMV Rejected

According to the BMV, personalized plate requests may be rejected if they contain the following, let's call them "red flags:"

  • Carries a meaning or connotation offensive to good taste and decency;
  • Would be misleading; or
  • The BMV otherwise considers improper for issuance.

There's no doubt each and every one of these violates one of those provisions, and most of them violate them all.

WARNING: Some of these may be considered Not Safe for Work

Gallery Credit: Ryan O'Bryan