OK Insurance Commissioner responds to lawsuits against license plate camera company
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) —
You may not know it, but there’s danger everywhere you look.
“The uninsured motorists in the state of Oklahoma,” says Insurance Commissioner John Doak. “We’ve been talking about this for seven years while I’ve been in office.”
By the way, according to Doak, there are a lot of them.
“Oklahoma, we’re ranked at number one, and that’s not a good thing,” he says. “One in four drivers that are out on the roads tonight, driving with your family and your friends, do not have insurance.”
Cameras will be set up across the state capturing license plate numbers and sending the information to the Oklahoma Insurance Commission.
If you don’t have it, you’re about to get popped, just not by Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
“There’s going to be a lot of people getting something in the mail saying, ‘You need to get insurance, or you need to pay the fine’,” Doak says. “And for me, I’m ok with that.”
But the company, GATSO U.S.A., is facing lawsuits in other states about the constitutionality of its cameras.
“I don’t know the nuances of a couple of the lawsuits behind the scenes right now in those new states,” Doak says. “But I think Oklahoma might be leading the way for this particular effort in our state.”
Doak says if you’ve got insurance, you’re good. Your information isn’t even saved. But for those that don’t have it, they know it’s wrong.
“Because they sign all kinds of forms when they get their licenses and when they get their cars,” Doak says. “And the tag offices that say, ‘I will provide insurance if I’m going to drive on the roads in the state of Oklahoma.'”
Doak says he expects this move to bring in a significant amount of revenue. That will go to funding the District Attorneys’ offices in all 77 counties in the state of Oklahoma.
The cameras are expected to be in place and active in Tulsa and Oklahoma City by the end of 2017.