Report shows nearly a quarter of area drivers lack insurance - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/14/09

Report shows nearly a quarter of area drivers lack insurance

By Ben Lawson  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A new report shows nearly a quarter of South Plains' drivers may be on the road without insurance. Now, the state is working to identify those drivers.

The numbers come from TexasSure. It's the database created by law makers to reduce the number of uninsured drivers.

In Lubbock County, just more than 23% of vehicle registrations can't be matched to an insurance policy. In the surrounding area, those numbers range from more than 21% to just more than 25%.  For the state, the average is 22%.

If you're hit by an uninsured driver, you're stuck paying the bill, and the uninsured driver could be fined and lose their license. The TexasSure system can not only help I. D. those without insurance, it can also help nab those who use fake insurance cards, which is a felony.

The Department of Public Safety says they don't rely solely on the TexasSure system, though. They say that troopers still check in person for insurance cards. "As far as officers are concerned, it's up to them to verify that information by paper, and again, we're still doing that and looking at it, because there could always be the conflict that a computer may not be up," DPS Corporal John Gonzalez said. 

Law enforcement began utilizing the system last October. Now, leaders are working to identify those who don't match up.

They're sending letters to those folks who they can find insurance policies for, so they can correct any errors. Those letters are going out in English and Spanish to approximately 100,000 drivers.

(Click Here) to learn more from the Texas Department of Insurance.

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