Miss. lawmakers try again on auto insurance checks

By Jeff Amy/The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A proposal to set up online computer checks to make sure drivers have auto insurance is again moving forward in the House. A similar measure was vetoed last year by then-Gov. Haley Barbour.

The measure, sponsored by House Insurance Committee Chairman Gary Chism, a Columbus Republican, calls for the Department of Public Safety to contract with a company to provide the service.

The bill would impose a fine of $300 for someone caught driving without insurance, rising to $400 on the second offense and $500 on the third offense. Currently, someone without insurance is fined $500, but the fine can be lowered to $100 if a person buys insurance before a court date.

Projections say the system would cost $1.33 million a year but raise $7.54 million in fines.