If you're an uninsured driver, beware -- starting today, Alabama is using a new computer program, to identify uninsured motorists instantly. No other state is doing it like Alabama...
The new program is known as the Online Insurance Verification System and Alabama is the first state to implement the program to this effect.
This is no computer game. It's actually a new online, real-time system that can instantly verify whether you're insured.
"It allows the county license plate issuing official to verify insurance at the time of registration or law enforcement to verify insurance at the time of a traffic stop or an accident. It also allows the Department of Revenue to verify insurance at any point in time," Said Jay Starling with the Alabama Department of Revenue.
This means officials be keeping a close eye on whether you have insurance. Starling says Alabama is the sixth worst in the nation for uninsured drivers on the road, which means about 22 percent of people behind the wheel don't have insurance.
"People have car accidents all the time, so it's just like anything else, most people have medical insurance, so I think people should have car insurance. If you're driving on the roads, you want to keep your kids safe. I want my kids to stay safe. I want people safe," Said Montgomery resident, Aristotle Kirkland.
And if you aren't insured, expect to pay a hefty price. Fines are as high as $500 for first time offenders and $1,000 after that.
"It will also result in the suspension of registration, which carries along with it a $200 re-instatement fee or a $400 re-instatement fee and a mandatory four month suspension," Said Starling.
Alabama State Trooper, Steve Jarrett, was unavailable for an interview, but he says they have zero tolerance for violators of this law. It's just another tool to help all law enforcement enforce Alabama's liability insurance law.
Officials from the Alabama Department of Revenue hope the program will cut the number of uninsured drivers to under 10 percent.