New bill targets uninsured motorists

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OKLAHOMA CITY—A new bill that was just signed into law gives law enforcement officers the ability to remove the tags of uninsured vehicles in the state.

House Bill 1792 aims at lowering the number of uninsured motorists in Oklahoma over the next few years while providing minimum liability insurance in the short-term at no cost to the state.

The bill allows police to remove the tag from the uninsured vehicle and replace it with a temporary sticker, insuring the driver for up to 10 days.

Once the individual pays the fees, fines and purchases insurance, his or her tag will then be returned.

“Driving without insurance is not only irresponsible and illegal, it also raises costs for those who play by the rules and insure their vehicles,” Gov. Fallin said. “This bill will give law enforcement officers another tool to encourage all drivers to purchase insurance, and to thereby drive down costs for everyone.”

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak estimates the cost of uninsured driving to the state is around $9 million in lost premium taxes.

He says that money goes to fund schools, social services, police and firefighters and other programs.

The new law was modeled after a similar law in Louisiana.

After that law went into effect, Louisiana’s uninsured motorist rate dropped from 30 percent to 12 percent.

House Bill 1792 goes into effect Nov. 1.

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