AUSTIN, Texas --- The Texas Department of Public Safety and other state officials have launched a program to identify and fine uninsured motorists, the Associated Press reported.
State law mandates that all drivers carry minimum liability coverage. But according to state estimates, about 4 million, or 20 percent, of Texas vehicles are not covered.
Driving without liability insurance can result in fines of up to $350. Repeat offenders can have their license suspended.
The Texas Sure program created a database of private passenger vehicles that are insured. Law enforcement and county tax officials will be able to electronically confirm whether a vehicle has the required coverage. Coverage information is updated every week by more than 200 Texas insurance companies.
State officials hope the program will help crack down on motorists who use fake insurance cards or who cancel their insurance coverage after they renew their registration or pass inspection.