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November 12, 2013

Seizing tags of uninsured

NORMAN — The State of Oklahoma is getting serious about uninsured drivers. An estimated 563,700 vehicles are uninsured. That doesn’t square with state finance officials. They think they are losing about $8.8 million in lost excise tax on insurance policy premiums.

The Tulsa World reports that a state law that went into effect Nov. 1 allows law enforcement officers to seize tags of uninsured drivers. That keeps them from having to impound a vehicle, which is time consuming and expensive.

Although it is in effect now, the state has decided to delay enforcement until January so law enforcement officers can be properly trained.

Drivers whose vehicle plates are seized would have the tag receipt and also would be issued a 10-day temporary liability insurance. When they do get insurance and retrieve their tag, the driver would pay the cost of the temporary insurance plus a $125 administrative fee.

That coverage will be provided by a company that has yet to be named. Drivers will pay a daily rate that has also yet to be announced.

Safety checkpoints set up to find intoxicated drivers are turning up many instances of uninsured drivers. The fine for failing to comply is $250.

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