Oklahoma Traffic Cameras and the Uninsured

Tulsa, OK – Plan for cameras to enforce insurance laws halted

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma is for now dropping a plan to use highway traffic cameras to identify those who are driving without auto insurance.

State Treasurer Scott Meacham says two problems arose. One is that there is no company that has all the insurance verification data of all 50 states.

Second, lawmakers did not authorize that the money collected from uninsured motorist fines go to the state's general fund. Without such a provision the money would go to the court system.

The plan was expected to raise about $50 million the first year.

Meacham says legislators should get the appropriate language passed next year. He says technology may be in place by then to check insurance verification data of all 50 states.


Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

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