Concerns of law-abiding drivers should carry more weight than lawbreaking uninsured motorists
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For one thing, Martin's bill focused on actual police making actual traffic stops. There were no “spy cams” or tickets issued by remote computer programs. As for the idea vendors might make a profit, so what? Should we outlaw the use of computers at police stations because Dell's bottom line might benefit?
A more serious argument raised by some opponents was that the legislation violated Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures. No doubt someone will make that argument in court if the bills by Vaughan and Christian become law, but we suspect both will pass muster.
Under the two bills, citizens wouldn't be pulled over or face the loss of their vehicle unless they're breaking the law by driving without auto insurance. Oklahomans with coverage would have nothing to fear except the prospect of lower insurance rates.
No single law will eliminate all uninsured driving. But it would help if Oklahoma legislators focused more on advancing policies that protect law-abiding drivers than on preserving the “rights” of lawbreaking uninsured motorists.
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