The Pryor Times

December 29, 2013

New law targets uninsured drivers

Staff Writer
Susan Wagoner

PRYOR, OK — Law enforcement officers now have the option to seize the license plate from an uninsured vehicle thanks to a new state law.

The law took effect in November, but enforcement begins on Jan. 1, 2014.

Pryor Police Captain Steve Lemmings said officers will now have four choices when encountering a driver with no insurance.

“They can seize the tag, impound the vehicle, write a citation, or do nothing at all,” Lemmings said. “The choice will be at the officer’s discretion.”

Under the new law, if a tag is seized, the citation will serve as a temporary tag for 10 days. During that time, temporary liability insurance will be effective. The original tag will be held at the sheriff’s office until insurance is purchased and all fines and fees are paid, including the 10-day insurance premium.

“This is an innovative approach,” state Insurance Commissioner John Doak said in a recent press release. “It gives that law enforcement official, whether they be in rural Oklahoma or a metro area a chance to make that decision to seize the license plate instead of towing the vehicle.”

Once insurance is proven and fees and fines are paid, the sheriff’s office will release the tag.

“We take uninsured drivers very seriously,” Lemmings said. “Take this time and prepare yourself. Get insurance.”