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New Oklahoma law allows seizures of uninsured drivers' license plates

By AMANDA BLAND - Tulsa World Modified: November 12, 2013 at 9:14 am •  Published: November 12, 2013

In an ongoing effort to curb the number of uninsured motorists on Oklahoma roads, law enforcement officers can now seize license plates from uninsured vehicles and assign temporary insurance.

The changes went into effect Nov. 1 under a new state law, but the Insurance Department said agencies won't begin enforcing them until January as procedures are established.

"This is an innovative approach," state Insurance Commissioner John Doak said. "It gives that law enforcement official, whether they be in rural Oklahoma or a metro area, a chance to make that decision" to seize the license plate instead of towing the vehicle, as allowed under a 2010 amendment.

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