Last night we highlighted the cost of uninsured drivers in Texas. The state estimates 20% of drivers have no insurance. It costs Texans $1 Billion in extra insurance premiums.
The City of Pasadena is towing cars found without insurance. Since February 493 cars - 81 a month. Dallas will start doing it in January.
You need to prove you have insurance to buy and register a car in Texas. So what happens most often in these cases is that people buy a 6 month policy, quit paying after the first month, and keep the (invalid) card for another 6 months.
The state is out to stop that. DPS is testing a program in Austin right now and hopes to roll it out statewide this fall. It's a database of all insurance policies in the state - and when a policy is cancelled insurance companies promise to tell the state. The state will make that database available to officers in their car computers. The program, TexasSure has been delayed numerous times in the past, but seems to be on track now.
We didn't include it in the TV piece, because DPS decided not to allow access to videotape the system in action. They say the test will be over in early August.