Texas Aims to Catch Uninsured Drivers

Four state agencies have been working together to reduce the number of uninsured drivers in Texas. Rod Rice reports they have created a database called TexasSure.

The departments are transportation, insurance, public safety and information resources. Together they are able to matches more than 200 insurance companies with more than 21-million registered vehicles.  Police officers can access the database from their cruisers. DPS Trooper Richard Standifer says the information is accurate with a less than one-percent error rate.

"The insurance companies report on a weekly basis the information from the policyholders."

This helps catch those people who buy a policy and then cancel it just to register their vehicle and have the required insurance papers. Trooper Standifer says if you're stopped and don't have insurance you'll be ticketed on the spot.

"The Texas Department of Public safety does not tow vehicles if they don't have insurance nor do we stop a vehicle just based on running their license plate information and determining they don't have proof insurance. We have to have some other violation before we can make the stop."

Count tax offices can also use TexasSure before issuing vehicle registrations.

Trooper Standifer says TexasSure can also help those drivers who have the required insurance.

"I stop a lot of people who don't have the card or they take a lot of time trying to find the valid card, they have a bunch of old ones in there. If I'm able to verify that we can go ahead and sped the process up and I still advise them they need to carry paper copy as well."

The agencies that work together to make TexasSure possible say the goal is reduce the 20-percent of drivers on road without insurance.

 

 

 

 


 

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Rod Rice

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Rod Rice became fascinated with radio at an early age, while sitting on his Grandfather’s lap listening to his "programs" on the big Emerson Radio...