Electronic Auto Insurance System Crashes in Georgia

Red sirenA water pipe that burst in Atlanta caused Georgia’s computer insurance system to crash earlier this month.

The rare incident meant that some customers who bought or changed policies immediately before or after the crash would not have their information processed for another week, reported the Chattanooga Times Free Press. The Georgia Electronic Insurance Compliance System gathers information from automobile insurers and forwards it to the state’s law enforcement and tag and title offices.

For many customers, it was a reminder of the importance of carrying a valid Georgia auto insurance card in the car at all times, said the paper. During a computer crash, that card becomes the best proof of a valid policy for drivers that are pulled over by a police officer.

Insurance cards also come in use when renting a car in Georgia, since renters cannot access the computer system. Out of state officers cannot use GEICS either, making an insurance card all the more important for drivers heading across state borders, said the report.

Drivers who don’t have adequate proof of insurance can face harsh penalties. In Georgia, a conviction for driving without automobile coverage can lead to a 60 to 90 day license suspension, according to the Department of Driver Services.

About John Pirro
John Pirro is a licensed fire and casualty insurance agent specializing in various aspects of the auto insurance industry. He worked in the auto body repair industry before taking a reporting position at Online Auto Insurance News.

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