Bill Filed in Oklahoma Would Allow Uninsured Vehicles to Be Impounded

January 8, 2010

Oklahoma State Rep. Steve Martin has filed a bill that would allow law enforcement officials to impound vehicles that are found to be uninsured.

“This bill addresses one of the most consistent demands of voters in my district and across the state. That demand is to get uninsured motorists off of the roads,” said Martin (R-Nowata, Washington, Osage Counties).

House Bill 2331, authored by Martin with the assistance of the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, takes advantage of a recently activated instant-verification system available to law enforcement officers. The system enables officers to determine within seconds if vehicles are covered by qualifying liability insurance.

Under House Bill 2331, if a car is uninsured, it would be seized immediately by the officer and towed to an impoundment lot until all of the requirements of the law are satisfied.

Oklahoma’s insurance verification system is now fully operational and has been available to law enforcement for several months, according to Martin’s announcement.

Source: Oklahoma House of Representatives

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