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Time to get tough with uninsured drivers

Published: January 18, 2013

Regarding “Uninsured drivers cost state $8.8M yearly, agency says,” (Business, Jan. 12): Several years ago a bill passed into law that was supposed to help curb the problem — allowing towing of cars on the spot when the driver was stopped and found to have no insurance. However, before the final signing of the bill one simple word in the law was changed, which watered down the bill.

In its original form it read “shall tow the auto,” requiring police to order a tow for every violator stopped. The final signed version read “may tow the auto,” giving law enforcement the option. I don't know whether law enforcement didn't want to wait around for wreckers or just wanted the option to decide, but now very few cars are towed when violators are stopped unless a serious accident or drinking was involved, because the officers don't want to wait for a wrecker. Or perhaps they feel responsible for someone in the car with no ride to get someplace. If they hadn't been driving without insurance, they wouldn't have the problem.

For one who's had a family member hit by an auto driven by someone driving under suspension and no insurance, there's a big personal cost as well. Enough is enough; it's time to get tougher.

Jack Dill, Blanchard

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