Panel OKs tracking of uninsured motorists in Miss.

By The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The House Transportation Committee has passed a bill that would create an electronic system to track uninsured motorists in Mississippi.

Rep. Hank Zuber, a Republican from Ocean Springs, says the aim is to force more motorists to comply with the state’s mandatory automobile insurance law.

He says studies show more than one-quarter of Mississippi drivers are uninsured. Under the bill, the state Department of Public Safety could tap into a database to check whether a motorist has coverage after the driver is stopped for another offense.

The agency could also run random checks. Violators would be fined.

The bill also allows county tax collectors to check for insurance when someone applies for a car tag.

The bill moves to the full House.

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The bill is House Bill 620.