On Wednesday, September 28, 2011 the Hialeah, FL police department have sworn that every motorist stopped by an officer within the Hialeah city limits from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. will be asked to show proof of insurance and plan to arrest any driver caught with fake insurance cards, all part of a one-day citywide crack down.
Drivers caught with forged paperwork will be charged with a third-degree felony for carrying fraudulent proof of motor vehicle insurance. “The crackdown is necessary”, said Detective Eddie Rodriguez, a spokesman for Hialeah police. “The National Insurance Crime Bureau has informed us of a disturbing rise in the use of fake auto insurance cards by South Florida drivers.”
“These fake insurance cards have been like a ‘get-out-of-jail-free-card’ because it is very difficult for a police officer to verify insurance coverage during a routine traffic stop or crash.” Not this Wednesday, Rodriguez said.
There will be a command center where officers can easily radio in the driver’s insurance card information and there will be on hand insurance representatives to verify all the information. Investigators from participating insurance companies include:
Drivers with fake insurance cards affect all drivers on the road because in the event of an accident with an uninsured motorist cost acquired can be eventually passed on to those with valid insurance cards. Insurance rates go up to recover losses due to uninsured drivers.
It is illegal to drive in the state of Florida without insurance or with a fake insurance card, thankfully the Hialeah police are demonstrating that they are no longer going to put up with these negligence and are taking the necessary actions to protect those with valid insurance cards.
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