Lawmakers attempt to take down uninsured drivers | News
OKLAHOMA CITY—Some aggressive new laws are being promoted to help curb the problem of uninsured drivers in our state.
Despite the fact that not having car insurance is illegal in Oklahoma, one out of every four cars on the road does not have the necessary coverage.
Even though you must have insurance to get a car tag, the problem is still around.
Now, House Bill 1792 would raise fines for being uninsured.
Police would also remove a vehicle’s car tag and replace it with a temporary sticker when they discover an uninsured motorist.
The tag is then delivered to the county sheriff, who holds it until the driver can show proof of insurance and money to cover the fines and fees.
John Doak, Okla. Insurance Commissioner, said, “In Louisiana, they had new legislation, innovative legislation, that allowed them to take the tag off a vehicle as another option for law enforcement.”
The bill also creates a temporary state insurance plan that will provide coverage to vehicles with confiscated tags.
Louisiana saw their uninsured motorist problem drop from about 25 percent to 12 percent with these new measures.
Other bills are also trying to take down uninsured motorists.
Rep. Steve Vaughn is introducing House Bill 1276, which would allow officers to tow a vehicle immediately if the driver is caught without insurance.
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