Mississippi drivers who do not possess liability insurance on their vehicles may have to pay one way or the other starting July 1.
House District 37 Representative Gary Chism said on Monday morning that the Public Safety Verification Enforcement bill that he has supported for years is supposed to go into effect and if so will result in fines for drivers in the state that refuse to comply with purchasing the insurance.
In the event of a car accident, liability covers costs to the victim and that person’s property who is not at fault.
Many drivers in the state simply do not comply with the law and are currently able to receive a registration tag without the insurance.
Chism says this bill will stop that.
“When you put your tag number in at the courthouse, it’s going to pull down whether you have liability insurance or not,” Chism said. “If you don’t have it, you don’t get a tag.”
Driving without insurance will result in the person losing the driver’s license. The first offense will cost the driver $300, the second offense $400 and every offense after that will incur a $500 fine that must be paid in order to restore the license.
Driving without insurance will be tantamount to driving without a tag or with a suspended license.