Oklahoma could keep an eye on uninsured motorists

BY MICHAEL MCNUTT - Capitol Bureau Modified: November 27, 2009 at 7:07 am •  Published: November 27, 2009
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/> Interested companies have until Dec. 23 to submit information about their systems.

If the department decides to pursue the idea, requests for price proposals, or bids, will be sought by the state Central Services Department.

A law establishing the computerized system was passed in 2006. Implementation delays occurred because it took longer than expected to get the policy information from all insurance companies.

Police departments across the state can sign up to use the state’s system, Beatty said. The insurance verification data is included in any vehicle tag check.

Having cameras and bar code scanners record random Oklahoma vehicle tag information is possible because of the new tags that motorists are required to buy this year. Oklahoma’s new vehicle tags include a bar code. All vehicle tags are to be replaced by the end of this year.

Reynolds during this year’s session raised questions about the bar codes on the plates, but was told they were simply for inventory purposes by the state Tax Commission. Now, he said the Public Safety Department’s plans confirm his suspicions.

"Are they going to use these cameras to see if people are speeding?” he asked. "Are they going to use these cameras to see any number of other things that might be wrong? But I don’t think the public wants to be filmed constantly. Are we going to have cameras in people’s bedrooms in their homes? We don’t need Big Brother.”