Monday, December 10, 2007
Uninsured motorist detection program to roll out in Austin, expand state-wide
After a couple months field testing in the capitol city it'll be coming soon to a cop car near you.
Starting in January, the state of Texas will begin testing its centralized database-based insurance scofflaw detection program in the city of Austin. If all goes smoothly in that fair city for a couple of months, the program (which depends upon records supplied to the state by insurance providers) will be rolled out state-wide. As in, here.
Two things about this program are still bothersome: 1) according to a program spokesperson, "... we are matching 98.5 percent of insurance policies to the correct registered vehicles," which - stop me if I'm wrong - means that 1.5 out of every hundred people screened will have their coverage status showing up incorrectly; and 2) the reason the program - approved in 2005 - has taken so long to implement is because of problems with the program in other states, specifically "erroneous ticketing of people who had insurance." Uh oh.
Buckle up, North Texans - it's liable to be a bumpy ride.
posted by JM