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.