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Sosnowski advances bill to crack down on uninsured motorists
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — State Rep. Joe Sosnowski, R-Belvidere, passed a bill out of committee March 13 that would curb Illinois motorists from driving uninsured.
The proposal would allow law enforcement officers to tow and impound a vehicle for motorists who fail to provide proof of insurance and have been convicted of driving uninsured in the past year.
“Uninsured driving affects everyone, not just the drivers themselves,” Sosnowski said. “Motorists who skip out on purchasing car insurance not only increase the cost of insurance for everyone else, but they also put accident victims at risk of being unable to cover medical expenses.”
Estimates suggest that 15 percent of Illinois’ 8 million drivers are uninsured. Sosnowski says those uninsured drivers are a threat to public safety, and he hopes his bill will lead to safer Illinois roadways.
“Current Illinois law requires all drivers to have liability insurance to carry their insurance card in their vehicle,” Sosnowski said. “This bill would encourage drivers to make the right choice and maintain liability insurance.”
House Bill 2399 passed the House Transportation Vehicles and Safety Committee 7-1, and now moves before the full House for further consideration.
For more details, visit www.sosnowski.ilhousegop.org.
Posted March 13, 2013