Motorists complying with insurance laws

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 18, 2001

What originally started as simply confusion regarding what constituted &uot;proof of insurance&uot; has now just evolved into a case of &uot;have or don’t have,&uot; according to the Greenville Police Department.

Nearly six weeks ago, a statewide program aimed at seat belt and child restraint law compliance was instituted, entitled &uot;Click it or Ticket.&uot;

The Camellia City participated in the program, and at that time, Greenville Police Department’s commander of the patrol division, Capt. Danny Campbell said there was a tremendous amount of confusion regarding what constituted &uot;proof of insurance.&uot;

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&uot;The majority of the people we saw during our safety checkpoints were not sure at that time what was proper proof of insurance coverage,&uot; Campbell said, following the checkpoints.

Recently, to again coincide with statewide efforts, Southeast Alabama Medical Center provided a grant to the Greenville Police Department to conduct safety checkpoints.

Campbell said the numbers are down considerably regarding people with basic confusion over insurance proof.

&uot;Now they (motorists) either have it, or they don’t — there is no longer a question in their minds about proof,&uot; Campbell said.

Conducting traffic safety checkpoints at two separate locations, the Greenville officers contacted more than 160 motorists, and only issued 26 citations.

&uot;The biggest violation seen was no insurance coverage — we issued 12 citations for that charge. We also issued five for driving without a license, three for no child restraint, two for no seat belt, and one each for DUI, driving while license is suspended or revoked, improper lights, and no tag displayed,&uot; Campbell said. &uot;In addition, two subjects were arrested, one for receiving stolen property, first degree, after it was determined he was driving a stolen vehicle, and one for giving a false name to law enforcement officers.&uot;

Campbell said his officers will continue to perform random checkpoints, and any officer could explain the traffic law to inquiring motorists.

&uot;If anyone has a question regarding how to comply with the laws, we would be glad to answer them if they call us at 382-7461,&uot; he said.