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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