Kristin Askelson [email protected] Published 5:01 p.m. UTC Jun 6, 2018 Almost exactly a year ago, traffic cameras in Lafayette were unplugged when the city's contract with Redflex expired. In February, Mayor-President Joel Robideaux announced the red-light cameras and traffic vans would not be returning. The constitutionality of red-light cameras has been challenged in a number of states in recent years. Now, a Louisiana parish has taken camera traffic enforcement to a new level. Bossier Parish has issued 8,000 tickets for uninsured cars and trucks after installing license plate readers last year. Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington says the $200 citations were mailed to vehicle owners who drove by the cameras and were found to be uninsured. The Shreveport Times reports 12 license plate readers have been installed at intersections throughout the parish. The sheriff's office said in 2017 that it planned up to 44 cameras. Whittington says … [Read more...] about Bossier red-light cameras ID uninsured drivers to the tune of 8,000 tickets
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BENTON -- A Louisiana parish has issued 8,000 tickets for uninsured cars and trucks after installing license plate readers last year. Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington says the $200 citations were mailed to vehicle owners who drove by the cameras and were found to be uninsured. The Shreveport Times reports 12 license plate readers have been installed at intersections throughout the parish. The sheriff's office said in 2017 that it planned up to 44 cameras. Whittington says installation has been slower than expected. The cameras also help law enforcement with handling crimes such as Amber Alerts. The American Civil Liberties Union criticized the technology in a 2013 report titled "You are being tracked" and said the cameras increased opportunity for abuse. The sheriff says the agency stores camera data for 90 days. … [Read more...] about This Louisiana parish has issued $1.6 million in tickets to uninsured drivers
By Erica E. Phillips Erica E. Phillips The Wall Street Journal BiographyErica E. Phillips @eephillips_wsj [email protected] April 5, 2018 1:37 p.m. ET 0 COMMENTS Hundreds of thousands of damaged cars written off as total losses following hurricanes that hit the U.S. last year are finding new life overseas. The automobiles were caught up in floods as Hurricane Harvey pushed heavy rains and floodwater across a wide swath of the U.S. Gulf Coast in late August 2017, leaving many vehicles damaged but largely intact. Insurance companies have declared many thousands of them as total losses, leaving some to be sold for scrap and others to enter distribution channels for repair and delivery to wholesale car dealers and auto-parts salvagers as far away as Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. “Once these insurance claims start to get processed and concluded, we start to see those cars getting exported,” said Christian Pedersen, head of trade and marketing … [Read more...] about Hurricane-Damaged Cars Moving Again as U.S. Exports
The cost of owning a car varies from state by state, with auto insurance remaining one of the biggest variables. That's partly because each state has its own regulations on minimum coverage, which can result in a difference of thousands of dollars. The most expensive state for buying vehicle insurance is Michigan, where the average annual cost for minimum coverage is a $2,446, according to CarInsurance.com, a quote-comparison site. The title for cheapest state goes to North Carolina, where minimum coverage will set drivers back by only $385. Rates are based on a number of issues, ranging from the minimum requirements of each state as well as the number of accidents in each region and the percentage of uninsured drivers. Generally, consumers can reduce their premium to the lowest possible by signing up for liability insurance at their state's minimum limit, but that strategy can be risky. "Buying just the minimum amount of insurance required to drive legally typically doesn't … [Read more...] about Should you opt for bare-bones car insurance?
You and your family are driving on always dangerous I-95 in Florida thinking about your long-awaited week in Disney World. Suddenly, someone's car smashes into yours just as you pass an interchange. But that's not the worst of it. Turns out the driver has no auto insurance. In the Sunshine State, this is an occupational hazard. Nearly 27 percent, or better than one in four, of the motorists you'll meet on the roads there are driving illegally without coverage required by the state. That's double the nationwide average of one-in-eight uninsured drivers. Why should you care? Because your car has just been damaged, and you'll only be sure of being reimbursed if you have your own collision coverage. If not, it's a toss-up depending on which insurer you have and whether it wants to claim that you were partly at fault. "In addition to paying for their own actions, each insured motorist also pays a portion of the costs for others that choose to disobey the law," said the National … [Read more...] about The dangerous rise in uninsured drivers