CORPUS CHRISTI–If you don’t have car insurance in Corpus Christi, you might find yourself in trouble with the law and without a vehicle starting this weekend.
CCPD announced today they will start cracking down on motorists who drive without car insurance.
The Zero Tolerance No Insurance Initiative will start on New Year’s Eve where the department will set up driver’s license checkpoints around the city. If you don’t have insurance, CCPD Police Chief Troy Riggs said your car will be towed to the impound yard.
If you get into an accident without car insurance starting on Saturday, CCPD will have your vehicle towed. It will last throughout the year.
It’s believed about one-quarter of Corpus Christi drivers aren’t insured, according to police commanders. About 1,000 drivers involved in accidents this year didn’t have insurance.
CCPD reports more than 4,000 people have received a ticket for no insurance over the last six months. The fines range from nearly $400 for the first offense to more than $1,000 for a third offense.
The cost to tow your car cost $133 to take it to the impound lot for the first day and then $21 a day for every day afterwards until the car owner can bring proof of insurance.
The department plans to run driver’s license checkpoints and proof of insurance responsibility throughout 2011.
–Manuel De La Rosa, South Texas Tribune, firstname.lastname@example.org
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