New program in Texas aims to keep uninsured drivers off the road

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

Law enforcement agencies in Texas now have a new tool to keep uninsured drivers off the road. The Texas-Sure program went into effect last week.

Officers can immediately determine whether or not a car is insured using a license plate or VIN-number.

The system was created by the Texas Department of Insurance, Texas Department of Public Safety, and the Texas Department of Transportation.

The new system is more accurate relying on insurance cards alone.

"Take the insurance card that individuals had when they drove down the highway and believe that that vehicle was insured as it drove up and down the interstates and highways of Texas. Now we can confirm that information, and try to reduce the fact that there's one out of every four vehicles on the highways in Texas that's uninsured," DPS Trooper Mark Tackett says.

Driving without liability insurance could cost you a maximum fine of $350 on top of court costs. Repeat offenders may also face a 2 year driver’s license suspension.


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  • by Does it matter? on Oct 16, 2008 at 09:34 AM
    I pay outrageous auto ins prem too. If gov req's us to have ins,they sh/regulate the ins co. I'm sick of hearing about the billion $ profits they make yearly, while we pay out the @$$. I don't even have health ins. Feel like I'm playing roulette every day. Guess I'll get Health ins when gov req it too, but i'll have to sell the house and live on the street. Sick of it all.Where's my bailout $$$ ????
  • by Anonymous on Oct 15, 2008 at 08:23 PM
    Been in a hit and run by "Mother Theresa" appliques on the back window...I'm so sure no insurance and they ran for Taco Bell...(I really mean the southern border". I have 6 vehicles covered and I am by no means rich. I am very happy they are doing this, but they have to be at a hit and run to catch "them". I hope they get my ex who prints out fake insurance papers!!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 15, 2008 at 08:00 PM
    Here, you're paying way too much- I have 2 cars and a pickup truck, with a 17-year-old driving one of the cars, and the missus driving another car to jobs as far away as south Texas, and my premiums aren't that high. You need to do some shopping around. To the folks crying "police state", if we didn't have idiots who don't think before acting and actually were responsible, we wouldn't need insurance laws or seat belt laws- we brought that upon ourselves. On seat-belt usage: go to a hospital ER & look for a crash victim brought in who was thrown from his/her vehicle beause he/she wasn't wearing a seat belt, and may most likely be dead, if not critically injured.
  • by HERE Location: GONE on Oct 15, 2008 at 09:18 AM
    I HAVE 2 FULLY COVERED AND 1 LIABILTY AND ITS COSTING ME 368.00 A MONTH BECAUSE I HAVE A 17 YR OLD AND NOW I AM FIXING TO HAVE TO PUT MY OTHER SON ON THERE THAT IS 16 AND NOW MY INSURANCE WILL GO UP ANOTHER 200.00 A MONTH AND THAT IS CRAZY PAYING 500.00 A MONTH THATS A HOUSE PAYMENT FOR ME AND THIS IS CRAZY. PEOPLE ARE DRIVING (SOME) BECAUSE THEY CANT AFFORD IT AND ITS GETTING TO THE POINT THAT NO ONE CAN CARRY INSURANCE.
  • by fed up Location: sherman on Oct 14, 2008 at 07:25 PM
    OOTO thats dumb not the same at all.
  • by John Location: denison on Oct 14, 2008 at 07:23 PM
    You all have never been hit by some sob without insurance have you? If you have you would know it su*ks bad. This is how it is they hit you get out and say o on i have no insurance.And do you know who pays to fix your car that they hit? O it's you This is why you have to have it. They should do like some outher states. If you get in a wreck and it's the outher person fault but you don't have insurnce they should not have to pay for your car. Yes you say thats not fair well if it was the outher way around same thing.
  • by OOTO Location: Texoma on Oct 14, 2008 at 06:35 AM
    Insured is correct. Making laws that require people to carry insurance, wear seat belts or anything else certainly borders on, if not crosses, unconstitutional. The logic of insurance laws, of course, is that it might protect a driver that another might hit. Using that logic, then, I say let's ban all guns. That way, we will protect everyone because someone might commit a violent crime with one or they might kill themselves. Same logic involved in both arguments. The only difference is, in the insurance law argument, someone is getting rich.
  • by ME Location: HERE on Oct 13, 2008 at 02:40 PM
    JANICE: I too was a single mother making difficult finacial decision. My faith in Christ is what I had to lean on during hard times. Please know I will be praying for you and your grandbabies. I agree with been there,too: contact the Whitesboro food pantry. They helped me a couple of times and now I'm stable I'm able to donate food to them. GOD BLESS YOU
  • by Rita Location: Oklahoma on Oct 13, 2008 at 01:36 PM
    I have had insurance on one car or more for the past 30 years. I have made one claim, when a college student rear-ended me. His company refused to pay for my car & sued me over repairing his. There is another story for "Life isn't fair". At least no person was hurt. i like thea of no insurance - no gas! That is great!!!
  • by been there, too Location: Mom/Grandma on Oct 13, 2008 at 12:41 PM
    To Me @ 1:05PM. Some ppl have internet @ work or walk to the library. To Janice, I'm not sure where you live; but you can come to the Food Pantry and get assistance. The one in Whitesboro is pretty respectable in not "advertising" your delima. I'm sure there are places in Sherman. You can also call for Food Stamps ~possibly even emergency Food Stamps. Hey, you DESERVE some help!!! You raised your kids and they took off. Plus you DO work! It's not like MOST ppl I know who just have kids to get "things taken care of..." (everything paid for for them). God bless you! Hugs to you!
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