SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2015
Although car insurance is required, nearly 30 million Americans choose to drive uninsured. The growing popularity of automatic license plate recognition systems, which allow law enforcement real-time access to uninsured-motorist databases in the state, may soon change how police catch uninsured drivers. In some places, it already has. The process isn’t quite as tedious everywhere, though. A growing group of different states, which began eight years ago, allows police to use mobile, high-speed cameras, called automatic license plate recognition or ALPR cameras, that take the grunt work out of finding uninsured drivers. Once you’re pulled over, police can run your plates and the inquiry is done instantaneously. This means even if drivers flash a phony insurance card or one from a defunct policy, officers can scan your vehicle and check the state database to see if it’s actually insured. This allows them to check far more vehicles during a shift than they could otherwise. It’s important to note that all states still consider uninsured driving a secondary violation, not a primary one. Don't drive uninsured, call A-Best Insurance today at 713-681-1967 and let us help you find you a reasonable quote.