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Cameras to catch uninsured drivers

The law states that the information gathered by the cameras can only be used to determine whether or not a motorist has insurance. (KTUL){ }

As you travel the highways around the state next year, make sure to keep your eyes on the road and remember that the road will soon be keeping its eyes on you.

With as many as one in four Oklahoma vehicles uninsured, the program aims to cut down on reckless driving. The law states that the information gathered by the cameras can only be used to determine whether or not a motorist has insurance.

"I think it's kind of Big Brother-ish," said driver Questa Roberson.

"I feel like it's just another way for them to make money," said motorist Rico Ackerson.

Attorney James Wirth said he is concerned about the possibility of false positives and that the new initiative may blithely discount the human element of insurance verification currently in place, whether that's tag renewal or a traffic stop.

"In this case, you just receive a letter or a citation in the mail without being aware that something happened," Wirth said. "Which means if you don't get that letter, that citation, you might then have an arrest warrant issued for you, even though you never knew there was a problem, and even though potentially you had insurance."

Drivers around Oklahoma have mixed feelings about the cameras. Some feel as though it's a step too far, while others think it could be a good thing.

"I think it's involving, too Big Brother-ish," said driver Michah Sanders. "I think it's an invasion of our privacy by looking at our license plate to figure out if we have insurance."

"We have a bigger threat than running around making sure people got insurance and stuff like that," Ackerson said.

Roberson admits to potential benefits of the new program, despite the feelings of intrusion.

"But also it could be a good thing for those people who drive reckless uninsured," Roberson said.

Uninsured drivers caught by the camera system will be issued a ticket for $184.

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