Sept. 04--LINCOLN COUNTY --Starting Friday, motorists caught driving without car insurance or a valid drivers license will get more than a ticket for their infraction. They'll lose their wheels.
Sheriff John Cottle has announced a zero tolerance policy for motorists driving with a suspended or revoked license and motorists who drive without insurance.
In most cases, the two infractions are connected. Revoked and suspended drivers do not carry insurance because of their driving status.
These drivers will have their vehicles towed on the spot at their expense. Deputies will transport the driver to a safe location where they will be responsible to find a ride to wherever they were headed.
Cottle announced the policy after several conversations with local and national insurance companies. He said the No. 1 way the sheriff's office can help protect the insured is by removing uninsured motorists from the road.
"My deputies are more likely to encounter a no insurance situation during a traffic stop than any other, and it is getting increasingly worse," he said.
According to the industry-backed Insurance Information Institute, an estimated 13.7 percent of Missouri motorists were uninsured in 2009.
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