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.
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.