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Oklahoma City, OK – Bill authorizes towing of uninsured vehicles

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma motorists who drive without insurance could have their vehicles impounded under a bill approved in the Oklahoma House.

The House voted 87-8 on Monday for House Bill 2331 by Bartlesville Republican Rep. Steve Martin.

Martin says the bill authorizes police to utilize a new instant verification system that allows them to determine if vehicles are covered by required liability insurance.

Under Martin's bill, police would have the ability to have an uninsured vehicle towed away immediately. Martin says some studies have suggested as many as one-fourth of all motorists in Oklahoma are uninsured.

Some members expressed concern about the accuracy of the new verification system and the fate of passengers in the vehicle, especially children.

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