MS lawmakers looking to decrease number on uninsured drivers

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JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi lawmakers are once again tackling the issue of uninsured drivers on the roadways.

According to The Clarion-Ledger, lawmakers will soon be discussing a bill that would allow a tax collector to verify insurance coverage when you go to renew your car tags. In other words, you don’t have car insurance, they won’t hand over your tags.

If passed, the new system could be up and running by November, WTVA reported.

However, uninsured drivers in the state may want to go ahead and get insurance before that time.

In July, law enforcement is expected to begin using a new computerized Insurance Verification System similar to one already in use in Alabama. The system would allow officers to go online and see your insurance status.

An estimated 30 percent of drivers on Mississippi roadways are uninsured.