Car Insurance Surveillance Program Put on Back Burner in Okla.

Surveillance cameraUninsured motorists driving in Oklahoma don’t have to worry about Big Brother looking down on them anytime soon. For the time being, a proposed plan to use cameras to capture uninsured motorists has been nixed.

Motorists without Oklahoma auto insurance aren’t totally in the clear, though. Effective Nov.1, police will begin conducting insurance checks on all vehicles they pull over and will be able to tow vehicles if the owner lacks insurance and a valid driver’s license.

There are a couple of reasons why the proposed plan fell through, reports the Oklahoman newspaper. Oklahoma State Treasurer Scott Meacham says one reason is that state lawmakers failed to make it so that the state’s general fund could legally receive revenue from any fines collected through the program. In addition, he said that there exists no single company with insurance data on all motorists nationwide.

“There are people that are working to that point,” the newspaper reports Meacham saying. “I don’t think they’re at that point yet. Those two problems have sort of put the brakes on this concept. Honestly, I don’t see it happening this fiscal year.”

The proposed plan by Gov. Brad Henry was estimated to bring in $50 million to help close the state’s budget shortfall.

Oklahoma isn’t the only state that has considered installing a camera system to catch uninsured drivers and help close budget shortfalls. Earlier this year, Pennsylvania proposed a similar plan.

About Ben Zitney
Benjamin Zitney has been covering the auto insurance industry for the past 2.5 years. Before coming to Online Auto Insurance News, he produced an extensive company history of the 30-year-old California Joint Powers Insurance Authority and worked at the Cal State Long Beach Daily Forty-Niner as a reporter, copy editor and news editor.

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