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Oklahoma House Bill Would Impound Uninsured Vehicles

In Oklahoma Legislation, Oklahoma Legislators on January 8, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Oklahoma House Bill Would Impound Uninsured Vehicles

Posted: // Jan 08, 2010 9:51 AM CST Friday, January 8, 2010 10:51 AM EST Updated: // Jan 08, 2010 1:44 PM CST Friday, January 8, 2010 2:44 PM EST

Individuals driving a car without insurance could have their automobile impounded under legislation filed by state Rep. Steve Martin.Enlarge this picture

Individuals driving a car without insurance could have their automobile impounded under legislation filed by state Rep. Steve Martin.

// NewsOn6.com

OKLAHOMA CITY — Individuals driving a car without insurance could have their automobile impounded under legislation filed by state Rep. Steve Martin of Dewey.

“This bill addresses one of the most consistent demands of voters in my district and across the state. That demand is to get uninsured motorists off of the roads,” said Martin (R-Nowata, Washington, Osage Counties). “New technology now allows us to do just that.”

House Bill 2331, authored by Martin with the assistance of the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, takes advantage of a recently activated instant-verification system available to law enforcement officers. The system enables officers to determine within seconds if vehicles are covered by qualifying liability insurance.

“Law enforcement officers in adequately computerized patrol cars can now enter a license tag number into a data base. Eight seconds later they know if the car is insured,” Martin said. “If the patrol car is not computerized, the officer can call the tag number in to his dispatcher and get the same results.”

Under House Bill 2331, if a car is uninsured, it would be seized immediately by the officer and towed to an impoundment lot until all of the requirements of the law are satisfied.

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http://www.newson6.com/global/story.asp?s=11790100

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