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AUSTIN, Texas (AP)

Uninsured Texans more likely to get caught

A pilot project that found 25% of Austin's motorists driving without insurance has been expanded statewide.

The TexasSure campaign aims to crack down on millions of drivers who flout the state's mandatory insurance law. Officials say the new state insurance-verification program makes it more likely that those without liability insurance for their cars, trucks and sport-utility vehicles will get a ticket.

The TexasSure computer database matches the names of all insured drivers and their insurance companies with their license-plate numbers and vehicle inspection numbers.

Law enforcement officers who stop drivers for a violation or motorists involved in an accidents can enter their VIN or license plate number into the TexasSure database to determine whether or not they have insurance.

Fines can range from $125 to $1,000 and multiple offenders can be arrested.

The program is funded with a $1 fee all Texans pay when renewing their vehicle registrations.

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