Bill would confiscate cars from uninsured motorists

Posted April 9, 2013

— Rep. George Cleveland, R-Onslow, has introduced a bill that would allow the state to confiscate the vehicles of those pulled over and found to be driving without insurance.

"We have a whole lot of folks in this state driving without insurance," Cleveland said late Monday, noting that the Highway Patrol pulls over between 45 and 50 people every month who are driving without insurance. "Compound that over all the sheriff's departments and police departments in the state."

Drivers cannot renew their license plates without having insurance on their cars, but Cleveland said that many people sign up for a policy temporarily, complete their renewal and then cancel the policy.

NC lawmaker wants uninsured autos seized NC lawmaker wants uninsured autos seized

Under the bill, a vehicle can be seized if someone is convicted of driving without insurance. There are exceptions for technical errors that lead to a lapse in insurance.

There are also provisions that allow drivers a grace period before their vehicle is sold to get insurance.

"We've tried getting their attention. Maybe we'll try this," Cleveland said.

According to 1st Sgt. Jeff Gordon, a spokesman for the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, state troopers issued 24,436 citations last year to drivers without insurance.

"It's a horrendous amount of automobiles out there, and if they get in an accident, who's responsible?" Cleveland said. "The bill will at least get the cars off the road until the individual gets insurance on his vehicle."

Some, however, think the proposed law goes overboard.

"I think that's ridiculous," driver Melissa Pinter said. "A lot of people don't have the money right now. There are a lot of people that are actually losing their jobs, that are homeless."


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  • Terkel Apr 10, 2013

    "There are so many people who are out of work, losing their houses, not able to eat or feed their kids, etc. Try to come up with an alternative instead of condemning them." flea

    Here's the alternative: they don't drive.

  • frosty Apr 10, 2013

    Something needs to be done.

    I read a article that Dallas Texas impounds the uninsured car until insurance is gotten then they will have to pay the towing and storage costs. It is supposed to be working quite well.

    I don't think you have to take the car except maybe for repeat offenders.

    Don't worry about running out of impound room. With the money the towing companies can make they will find space.

  • driverkid3 Apr 10, 2013

    fredperry2, I assume that you'd have no problem if I was out driving without insurance and ran into you, tearing your car to bits and putting you in the hospital along with anyone riding with you?

  • superman Apr 10, 2013

    Very simple. Insurance company notifies DMV. They send a letter requesting your tag. If you dont turn in your tag they come out and take the car and the tag. Why does this have to be worked from the end of the problem. DMV should know when there is no insurance? Is Tata running the show or not?

  • beef Apr 10, 2013

    "lets get the mopeds off the roads as well, if there not licensed and insured"

    Leave the moped guys alone. Their vehicles are no threat to you. If we require them to have insurance and a tag, then I suppose bicyclists and pedestrians should have to get them too. Not to mention farm equipment. And horses.

  • beef Apr 10, 2013

    The real solution to this problem is to require that people who let their insurance lapse purchase pre-paid non cancellable insurance. Then a registration is issued which covers the period of the insurance. When it runs out, you get a new prepaid policy and purchase annother sticker. Otherwise you get pulled for an expired tag.

    Unfortunatly, selling UMI to responsible drivers is more lucarative than minimum policies to the lowlifes. The insurance companies will fight anything that would cut into this business. But it would solve the problem of uninsured motorists.

  • ncouterbanks69 Apr 10, 2013

    Down with the entitlement society and this is a great step!

  • Terkel Apr 10, 2013

    "So, if you don't have insurance on your house do you want to let the state of NC confiscate it...? " flea

    "So", my house is incapable of killing someone in the normal world. "So", even if it burns down no one else will be financially harmed. So...get it?

  • map1agmachining Apr 10, 2013

    As some one ( LEO ) talked about this on the radio this morning. Most people cars that drive without insurance aren't worth much to begin with.
    I say give them some weekends in the county jail + fines. 1st offense 1 weekend + $500. fine, 2nd offense 4 weekends $1000. fine. 3rd offense 1 month county, $1500. + lost license for 6 months after your month served time.

  • Terkel Apr 10, 2013

    "More money for the insurance companies I guess?"

    This has been law all along.

    Or did you mean 0bamacare?