Traffic Tip: Vehicles of uninsured motorists must be towed from scene

By David Brogger -
Aug. 5, 2012 at 3:05 a.m.
Updated Aug. 6, 2012 at 3:06 a.m.

Victoria Police Department -Weekly Traffic Law ReminderThis week's traffic law is found in The Texas Transportation Code, Sec. 601.191. Operation of Motor Vehicle in Violation of Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance Requirement; Offense. (a) A person commits an offense if the person operates a motor vehicle in violation of Section 601.051.

Sec. 601.051. Requirement of Financial Responsibility. A person may not operate a motor vehicle in this state unless financial responsibility is established for that vehicle through:

(1) a motor vehicle liability insurance policy that complies with Subchapter D;

(2) A surety bond filed under Section 601.121;

(3) A deposit under Section 601.122;

(4) A deposit under Section 601.123; or

(5) Self-insurance under Section 601.124.

The City of Victoria also has a policy regarding uninsured motorists. This policy was created in response to motorists receiving multiple citations for no auto insurance and continuing to drive without it. The following excerpt is from the policy:

For purposes of this provision, 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 the operator does not have financial responsibility to operate a motor vehicle as required by state law or the officer is able verify that coverage does not exist in addition to the operator's inability to produce proof of financial responsibility.

Why the emphasis on this particular traffic law?

As a traffic accident investigator, I can say there are numerous wrecks where one or more of the drivers involved have no auto insurance, which causes an undue burden on the other people involved.

In an attempt to curb this problem, motorists who are stopped for other traffic violations or who are involved in a crash and are verified to have no auto insurance, have their vehicles towed from the scene. This prevents the vehicle from being an uninsured participant in a crash farther down the road.

The Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit reminds you to drive safe. The life you save may be your own.

If you have a traffic law question, contact Senior Police Officer David Brogger, Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit, 361-485-3700.



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