New cameras to be installed to detect uninsured drivers
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) —
They're coming and they'll be watching you.
High-tech cameras posted all over the state will be capturing license plate numbers and sending the information to the Oklahoma Insurance Commission.
A massive amount of information will be processed in an instant.
Washington County District Attorney Kevin Buchanan said those with insurance have nothing to fear.
"If the image is run and there is an insurance policy, then that image and that information is then shot out of the system and discarded," he said.
Drivers without insurance should take note.
"You get a letter in the mail in this instance and it gives you your options," said Buchanan.
You can get insurance and pay a fee of $184 or ignore the letter and let it go to the district attorney for prosecution.
If you pay the fee, the incident does not go on your permanent record.
"For those people uninsured, this is definitely the lesser of two evils," said Buchanan.
The cameras can be anywhere, mounted on overpasses, light poles, even other vehicles so they can move around. The point is, you'll never really know where they are located.
The plan is expected to generate millions of dollars.
The money will be divided between the company hired to install and monitor the cameras, Oklahoma district attorneys, a law enforcement pension fund and the Oklahoma Insurance Commission.
Buchanan said it will not only make the roads safer, but could end up lowering insurance rates.
"It's costing all of us when people don't have insurance and cause accidents, and your own insurance company has to come up and pay for that," he said. "That comes back to you in raised rates."
Buchanan said they hope to have the first cameras up and running in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa areas by the end of this year.