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City Of Tyler Cracks Down On Uninsured Drivers

If you're an uninsured driver, let this be a warning. Starting next month, if you're stopped by Tyler police without insurance, you could have your car towed.   The city of Tyler passed an ordinance this morning designed to protect the public from uninsured drivers. Police say, starting next month, if you cannot show proof of insurance you could be towed. You will then have to get car insurance, before you can get your car back from the towing company. It's an effort police say to make the streets of Tyler safer.

"We issued in 2005 over 2,300 tickets for no insurance, but in addition to that about 17 to 20 percent of the accidents we investigate, one of the parties does not have insurance on their vehicle," said Tyler Police Chief Gary Swindle. "That's creating that burden on the other citizen."

"I think it's great for the citizens of Tyler," said Tom Sorrels, Insurance Agent. "I think it will be just one more effort by the city of Tyler and the Tyler Police Department to control the streets."   Tyler's new towing ordinance is a growing trend in the state. According to the Insurance Council of Texas more than a dozen cities have now adopted a similar ordinance.

Molly Reuter, reporting.


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