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Bills aim to crack down on state's uninsured drivers

Measures proposed to reduce Oklahoma's high rate of uninsured motorists gain backing of state Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak.
by Brianna Bailey Published: February 6, 2013

Oklahoma's high percentage of uninsured drivers also means state policyholders pay higher insurance premiums, he said.

Victims of automobile accidents involving uninsured drivers in the state joined Doak at a news conference Tuesday to highlight the problem.

Mike Stone, president of the Woodward trucking company Beaver Express Services Inc., said an accident involving one of his employees driving a company rig two years ago cost his business more than $150,000.

His employee was injured in the accident, and is still costing the company through workers' compensation payments and higher insurance costs, he said.

“The person who had no insurance, involved in the wreck, only paid a $250 fine,” Stone said. “There needs to be some accountability for these drivers.”

Doak also announced the formation of the Coalition Against Uninsured Drivers, a group whose members include AAA, Independent Insurance Agents of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Safety Council and the Oklahoma Trucking Association.

by Brianna Bailey
Business Writer
Brianna Bailey has lived in Idaho, Germany and Southern California, but Oklahoma is her adopted home. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and has worked at several newspapers in Oklahoma and Southern...
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