New Proof of Insurance Law Puzzling Some Police

September 3, 2013

A new Illinois law that allows motorists to provide proof of insurance using their smartphones is puzzling some police departments.

The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises reports some law enforcement agencies are still trying to figure out how the new law will work.

With a paper proof of insurance card, motorists typically let the officer take the document to their squad car to fill out paperwork.

But drivers may be reluctant to hand over a smartphone. And police say phones could run out of battery or lock up while the officer has it.

Still, Mattoon police Chief Jeff Branson says the law should be a welcome convenience for motorists who forget to carry a new insurance card. He says he doesn’t believe the law will cause any problems.

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