OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (KSWO) –A bill that could keep some drivers without a physical copy of their insurance from getting a ticket, has passed the Oklahoma House of Representative.
House Bill 2473 would remove the penalty for not showing valid car insurance if law enforcement is able to verify that there is insurance on site. Law enforcement currently has access to a person's coverage by looking up the tag or VIN.
The bill passed the House, 80-13.
"The overwhelming, bipartisan support didn't surprise me," said Rep. Ken Walker, R-Tulsa. "I think we all have forgotten our wallet or jumped in our spouse's car and accidentally failed to have our insurance verification form on us. It's a universal mistake and one that should not carry a fine when law enforcement has access to a database to verify insurance. What the database says actually trumps the form, under current law."
The bill now goes to the Oklahoma Senate for consideration.