Austin, Texas – State Representative Tom Oliverson, MD (Cypress) filed House Bill 1757, legislation that will allow law enforcement officers to impound a vehicle if a driver does not have a valid driver license or some form of liability coverage. The bill only applies if the license or insurance of the driver cannot be found in the system not if the driver simply does not have the license or insurance on their person at the time.
Statistics show a number of fatal automobile accidents in Texas are caused by unlicensed drivers or uninsured drivers. Around 1 in 4 lives lost on Texas roadways are attributable to individuals who did not have a valid driver’s license. In addition, drivers who choose not to carry required liability coverage place a tremendous financial burden on drivers who do carry liability coverage, in the event of an accident. Current law only allows for law enforcement officers to ticket unlicensed drivers.
“It’s time people who drive motor vehicles without being licensed and without liability insurance receive more than a slap on the wrist. They are a danger to the public and to themselves and greatly increase the cost of insurance for the rest of us. We need to get serious and get them off the road.” says Rep. Oliverson
Last fall, an Austin police officer was killed on duty by an unlicensed driver while he was escorting a funeral procession. The driver had a suspended license at the time of the crash.
H.B. 1757 would make Texas roads safer by allowing officers the right to impound vehicles of unlicensed and uninsured drivers.
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