Lawmakers Again Take Up Auto Insurance Checks

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A proposal to set up online computer checks to make sure drivers have auto insurance is again moving forward in the Mississippi House. A similar measure was vetoed last year by then-Gov. Haley Barbour.

The measure, sponsored by House Insurance Committee chairman, Gary Chism, calls for the Department of Public Safety to contract with a company to provide the service.

The bill would impose a fine of $300 for someone caught driving without insurance, rising to $400 on the second offense and $500 on the third offense.

Currently, someone without insurance is fined
$500, but the fine can be lowered to $100 if a person buys insurance before a court date.

Projections say the system would cost $1.33 million a year but raise $7.54 million in fines.


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  • by Anonymous on Mar 1, 2012 at 09:10 PM
    Other states wont renew your plate or issue one if you don't show proof of insurance at that time. Medieval Mississippi.
  • by poman Location: meridian miss on Mar 1, 2012 at 10:52 AM
    there is a lot of us who cant even afford groceries and fuel much less a insurance bill
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      by Anonymous on Mar 1, 2012 at 09:13 PM in reply to poman
      Then I suggest you get yourself a bicycle. Driving without insurance is not a joke for the person whom you get in to an accident with. I cant believe how ignorant you folks are.
  • by bradle Location: us on Feb 29, 2012 at 10:46 PM
    "Clearance Auto" says that in states where it is permitted, will raise your rates based on your credit score. So if your credit situation has changed for the better by an appreciable amount, it is to your advantage to go shop around.
  • by Unedumacted on Feb 29, 2012 at 11:35 AM
    Its the Insured drivers committing fraud that is the biggest expense in our community and state.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 1, 2012 at 09:15 PM in reply to Unedumacted
      Are you related to Poman? Sounds like it. 2 ignorant peas in a pod.
  • by Melissa Location: Meridian on Feb 29, 2012 at 11:06 AM
    I agree your license should be pulled if you do not have insurance. I have had two family memebers hit by uninsured motorest and my family member was left with the bill!! Its not fair for hard working honest people to have to foot the bill!
  • by Hank Location: Meridian on Feb 29, 2012 at 11:06 AM
    I was hit by an uninsured motorist while sitting at at stop light at Hwy 39N and N Hills St. She got a ticket, which I'm pretty sure she will never pay, and I have a $1700 repair and a $2000 uninsured motorist deductible. She will not answer any of my calls to her home or work. it will now be my burden to proceed to collect. Why was she allowed to drive away? Common sense says her car should be impounded until she can provide proof of insurance and proof of restitution. If times are so tough financially, perhaps she should consider giving up the pink Iphone she talked and texted on the entire time we were stopped. maybe give up the 20's on the car and the bling-bling glasses too. After the fact MPD asked my wife if we were wearing our seatbelts, said it was "policy" Way to go guys... never miss an opportunity to pop someone that will pay! Keep up the good work!
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      by Anonymous on Mar 1, 2012 at 09:14 PM in reply to Hank
      Maybe it was Poman's wife that hit you.....
  • by Mike Location: Newton on Feb 29, 2012 at 09:09 AM
    It should cover drivers involved in an accident that do not have insurance by removing their drivers license, if they have any license.
  • by Paige Location: Meridian on Feb 29, 2012 at 09:04 AM
    In Pennsylvania they would just impound your vehicle if they found out you did not have insurance! They should do that here, and maybe it would take the dreck off the roads, and insurance cost go down a bit in price for those who are responsible.
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