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Uninsured Drivers Putting You At Risk

Linda Davidson-We pay a hundred and something dollars a month and five-hundred dollars extra it hurts...real bad. Linda Davidson-We pay a hundred and something dollars a month and five-hundred dollars extra it hurts...real bad.
Jennifer Cockrill-We couldn't pay for it, we didn't have the money. Jennifer Cockrill-We couldn't pay for it, we didn't have the money.

While the database will more easily track uninsured drivers it still won't take away the financial burden insured drivers face when they are hit by an uninsured driver.

Texans are spending over $900 million a year to protect themselves from drivers who do not have insurance.

And even with the extra coverage some drivers are still ending up with the bill.

The danger of uninsured drivers is something Linda Davidson was aware of when she bought additional insurance coverage.

But when she was hit, she says she still had to pay over 70% of the damage.

Davidson says,"We pay a hundred and something dollars a month and five-hundred dollars extra it hurts...real bad."

And she isn't alone.

Jennifer Cockrill says the $5,000 needed to repair her mother's new car was just too much.

She says,"We couldn't pay for it, we didn't have the money, she lost her job, I had to drop out of college to help my mom out a couple years back so it's such a big hassle."

A big hassle is what law enforcement officers are calling accidents involving uninsured drivers as well.

Corporal Jerry Neufeld says, "You know you gotta feel sorry for that other party because they just ran into him knowing they didn't have any insurance. I'm required to carry insurance, you're required to carry insurance, they need to carry it as well. uninsured drivers face fines of $175  or more for a first time offense.

They could also have their license suspended and their vehicle impounded.

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