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Uninsured Drivers Targeted By Bill

Wed., Feb. 26, 1997

A Senate committee has voted unanimously to crack down on uninsured drivers by canceling their registration and license plates and slapping them with a $150 reregistration fee.

“I doubt if there’s anyone who would be driving without license plates,” Sen. Sheila Sorensen, R-Boise, said.

Current law carries only a $75 fine for failure to carry car insurance. The bill would elevate the violation to a more serious misdemeanor.

“I don’t think that raising the penalty for no insurance has much of a bite because what you’re normally dealing with is a person who doesn’t have very much money,” said Twin Falls lawyer Jeff Stoker, a former legislator who represents people on both sides of the uninsured motorist issue.

, DataTimes

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