Traffic Tip: Victoria Police Departments No Insurance Vehicle Towing Policy
Oct. 1, 2011 at 5:01 a.m.
By Julian Huerta
Why the emphasis on these particular policy?
To educate the public on the Victoria Police Department's no insurance vehicle towing policy to avoid problems for the motorists who are driving and are unable to provide proof of financial responsibility as required by state law.
When a police officer stops a vehicle for a traffic violation or when an officer responds to the scene of a motor vehicle crash that has occurred on a public roadway, the operators are required by state law to provide proof of financial responsibility.
The Victoria Police Department's policy change occurred in March 2008 in response to people who were simply getting multiple citations, and continued to drive with no insurance. As anyone knows who has been involved in a motor vehicle crash with someone who was at fault, and who has no insurance, it is a very disturbing and stressful situation.
Similar no insurance towing policies exits throughout the state with other law enforcement agencies to respond to these continued violators.
The department's impoundment of a vehicle for the lack of financial responsibility on traffic stops and accidents is limited to those cases in which the operator admits that he or she does not have financial responsibility to operate a motor vehicle as required by state law, or the officer is able to verify that coverage does not exist in addition to the operator's inability to produce proof of financial responsibility.
There are certain conditions that may impede the towing of the vehicles, a few of which are inclement weather conditions, the elderly, time of day, etc.
A vehicle may not be released at the scene to another operator unless the operator provides valid proof of financial responsibility.
So, if you don't have insurance don't drive your vehicle. The citation and the towing fee will be costly. The Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit reminds you to drive safely.
If you have a traffic law question, contact Sgt. Julian Huerta, Victoria Po lice Department Traffic Safety Unit, 361-485-3700.