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New laws for uninsured drivers in Waco

POSTED: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 4:24pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO -- For anyone driving without insurance, starting June 1 police will begin towing your vehicles.

One in two drivers are uninsured in the city so odds are if you get in a wreck it'll cost a lot more than just damage repairs.

"If an officer stops you for a traffic violation or your involved in a traffic collision, we will have the ability to tow your vehicle if you can't prove financial responsibility," says Sgt. Swanton with Waco Police. 

The new law is designed to target the growing number of Waco drivers without insurance. That's reassuring news to drivers like Ryan Schneider.

"If somebody hits me that doesn't have insurance, it becomes my liability, and I'm going to have to pay for it. So from my perspective, I think it makes it a little bit safer for those who do have insurance to drive around."

But in this economy, agents like Mark Baker say a lot of people can't afford insurance.

"Sometimes it's either food, family or insurance. First thing that's going to come is food and family. Insurance is one of the things that goes," says Baker.

However, getting caught without it could mean an even bigger financial headache. Once your car ends up in the tow lot, it can cost hundreds of dollars to get it out. On top of that, you still have to show proof of insurance before getting it back.

Baker says it's cheaper in the long run to insure your car from the get-go.

"$50 a month compared to a $350 ticket or getting your car towed, just for liability, at least that would keep them legal," says Baker.

When more drivers are insured, costs go down for everyone because there are less hazardous drivers out there.

For more information, contact Waco police.

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