Tulsa County Sheriff, Oklahoma Insurance Department to stop uninsured drivers

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Updated: 11/16/2012 11:20 am Published: 11/16/2012 11:19 am

The Oklahoma Insurance Department and the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office have teamed up to address Oklahoma’s uninsured driver problem.

Law enforcement officers from both agencies will work together to operate driver safety checkpoints in Tulsa County.

“Our Anti-Fraud Unit is excited to work with the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office and continue our efforts to reduce the number of uninsured drivers on Oklahoma roadways,” said Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak. “One out of every four drivers in Oklahoma does not have the minimum liability coverage that’s required by state law. That is one reason we have some of the highest auto insurance rates in the country.”

The first safety checkpoint is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 17, from 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.

“I’m pleased that Commissioner Doak and I could come together in an attempt to increase traffic enforcement efforts and reduce the number of uninsured motorists operating on our streets and highways within Tulsa County,” said Tulsa Sheriff Stanley Glanz. “While insurance premiums continue to rise and the Legislature continues to enhance the criminal penalties for uninsured motorists, it only seems appropriate that as a law enforcement agency, we do what we can to protect the law abiding motorist.”

The OID is also working with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol to combat the issue. On Thanksgiving, Commissioner Doak and several members of the Anti-Fraud Unit will conduct ridealongs with OHP troopers.

“We need to raise awareness about the seriousness of this problem,” said Doak. “It also helps to see the problem firsthand and realize what law enforcement officers and citizens are dealing with.”

The OHP also took part in an OID public service announcement targeting uninsured drivers. It can be viewed online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htn_VkctY1c&feature=plcp.

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lakecat - 11/17/2012 11:18 PM
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Come to Cherokee and Adair Counties. I'm all for it. Why should I have to pay higher premiums, while others get by without it. If you get hit by someone who doesn't have insurance, you're sunk. I'm tired of working and paying out the nose so others don't have to! Go Tulsa! I'll be more than happy to show you my insurance card and my valid DL! Gee, I wonder how many are DUI!

mymonte - 11/17/2012 11:06 PM
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I am NOT against insuring your car. It is the responsible thing to do. The thing I cannot understand, is with a clean record, no wrecks and no tickets EVER, I still pay more in insurance for a 6 month period than I did for the vehicle I drive. I understand if you have a brand new car, the rates would make more sense, but I believe car insurance is absolutely backwards. If you get sick or hurt, does YOUR insurance pay for it, or does the person who was standing next to you pay for it with THEIR insurance? I think if you have insurance, YOUR vehicle should be covered, as it is personal insurance. I own a home and between utilities, house payments, I don't have any debt, but may car insurance costs more than most of my utilities. If they stopped spending SO MUCH on advertising telling you how much they can save you, then they might actually be able to SAVE you some ACTUAL MONEY! The majority of people out there are legitimately trying to make it through the day, and taking away their way to get to work (NO bus comes near my place of employment) makes the money stop, and then they are way worse off than they were before. I know its taking a chance for them, but I can totally understand. When it comes to providing for my family, keeping the lights on and the food on the table comes way up on the list of priorities I have. Car insurance is probably one of the lowest on the list.

jakeinba - 11/16/2012 1:13 PM
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That's all we need is another unconstitutional checkpoint checking for your papers. This country is looking more an more like Nazi Germany everyday! Leave the people alone unless you have a clear reason to stop them!!!

Unwashed Mass - 11/16/2012 11:51 AM
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The story is they got a government handout (grant) to pay the overtime for a bunch of cops to do a photo-op. Facts, not spin.
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