Tulsa County Checkpoint Busts Uninsured Drivers

Monday, November 19th 2012, 12:01 am
By: News On 6

Oklahoma is cracking down on uninsured drivers by testing a new method in Tulsa.

The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office set up an insurance checkpoint in west Tulsa overnight Saturday.

Deputies were there until 3 a.m. making sure drivers had proof of insurance.

Violators received $250 ticket, and those with zero insurance had their cars towed.

The Oklahoma Insurance Commission said one in four Oklahoma drivers doesn't have insurance, which drives up rates for everyone else.

"That's one of the issues, folks think that the ticket... it's less expensive to gamble and not carry insurance and go ahead and pay a ticket," Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak said. "So we are trying to increase those fines for people that are driving without insurance."

Deputies found 38 people without proof of insurance.

Some simply didn't have it on them, but the majority had no insurance at all.