405-778-4800
Criminal Attorney Oklahoma Defense Lawyer Adam R. Banner OKLAHOMA CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY AT LAW
This Attorney is Lead Counsel Rated. Click here for more Information.

Oklahoma District Attorneys Council to Implement Roadside Scanners to Catch Uninsured Motorists

25-Nov-2017

Oklahoma is believed to be the first state in the nation to implement a new roadside method to automatically ticket uninsured motorists.

According to Oklahoma Watch, the state's District Attorneys Council has partnered with Massachusetts-based Gatso USA to bring roadside license plate scanners to Oklahoma. These portable scanners, which can be placed and moved throughout the state, will automatically scan the license plates and compare them against a database of insured vehicles. If the vehicle is determined to be uninsured, the owner of the uninsured vehicle will automatically be mailed a citation for $184.

If the owner pays the fine, he or she will avoid a charge of driving without insurance on his or her record. Owners who don't pay the fee will have their information forwarded to the District Attorney's Office for possible criminal prosecution. In the case of incorrect citations, a vehicle owner can have the fee waived by proving that the vehicle was insured at the time the citation was issued.

The program is intended to crack down on the number of uninsured motorists in Oklahoma. Statistics show that approximately 26 percent of Oklahoma drivers are uninsured, giving the state the highest uninsured motorist rate in the nation. According to Trent Baggett, executive coordinator of the District Attorneys Council, "All we want is for people to get their insurance."

However, it seems that the Council wants more than to reduce the number of uninsured drivers in Oklahoma. After all, this agency, and not law enforcement, will reap the profits from the program. Of the $184 collected from each uninsured motorist fee, $80 will go to Gatso USA, the vendor, for the first two years. After that, the vendor's cut will drop to $74. After five years, their cut will drop to $68.

The remaining funds go to the District Attorneys Council. Administrative costs will account for $20 of each fine. The allocation remaining funds, which could net about $20.2 million a year, has not yet been established. 

Interestingly enough, Oklahoma does not allow cameras for detecting speeders or red-light runners--the two technologies that are the basis of Gatso USA's business. However, they do plan on implementing the scanners for detecting uninsured motorists. The District Attorneys Council says it is aware of privacy concerns, and that they plan on deleting data once it has been determined that a vehicle has insurance.

Still, Gatso has faced legal challenges in other states, and it is expected that it could face legal challenges in Oklahoma as well once the program rolls out next year.



All News

More News

Tulsa Man "Wins" Appeal, but Gets Longer Sentence as a Result
07-Dec-2017

It was a short-lived victory for a Tulsa County man convicted of r..

Yukon High School Teacher Charged After Allegations of Sex with Student
28-Nov-2017

Another Oklahoma teacher has been arrested and charged with a sex ..

Oklahoma District Attorneys Council to Implement Roadside Scanners to Catch Uninsured Motorists
22-Nov-2017

Oklahoma is believed to be the first state in the nation to implem..

Ada Man Uses Porn Mags as Body Armor in Knife Fight
08-Nov-2017

You shouldn't bring a knife to a gunfight, but according to one so..

Oklahoma County Jail Denies Federal Inspection Request
01-Nov-2017

Since 2009, the Oklahoma County Jail has been under federal oversi..

Former Day Care Owner Convicted in Infant's Death
28-Oct-2017

The former owner of a Norman day care facility has been convicted ..

Jury Recommends Death Sentence in Moore Beheading Case
18-Oct-2017

After Alton Nolen beheaded a co-worker and attempted to behead ano..

Midwest City Man Convicted in 1997 Cold Case Murder
13-Oct-2017

Twenty years ago, 8-year-old Kirsten Hatfield disappeared in the m..

Settlement Reached in McClain County Inmates Death
09-Oct-2017

On June 16, 2013, Kory Dane Wilson was arrested at the Newcastle C..

Guilty Verdict Reached in Oklahoma Beheading Case
29-Sep-2017

It is one of Oklahoma's most gruesome and shocking crimes in recen..

×