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According to USA TODAY, 13.8 percent of Americans are driving without liability insurance. But in Mississippi, where’s it’s mandatory by law, some 28 percent are flouting the law.
Of 22 states requiring insurance, it’s particularly bad here because the Legislature has failed to require proof of insurance when registering a vehicle, state Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney was quoted as saying.
This past session, House Bill 620 would have allowed tax assessors and tax collectors to deny car tags to motorists who aren’t insured.
But it died in the House after being so watered down as to be worthless.
When the 2000 Legislature OK’d the law, it looked tough. Those without an insurance card face up to a $1,000 fine and a 1-year driving suspension. But if it’s not enforced, it’s worthless, leaving law-abiding drivers in an accident to pick up the tab for those without liability coverage.