TRI-COUNTY EFFORT PUTS THE BRAKES ON DRIVERS WITHOUT PROPER INSURANCE
EMBARGOED UNTIL: 2 p.m. Oct. 9, 2012 PIO Number: 12-10-8
Every day law enforcement officers throughout South Florida pull over hundreds of motorists for multiple infractions without the ability to authenticate the driver’s insurance.
For the first time in South Florida history, the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the City of Miami Police Department, the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office and the National Insurance Crime Bureau have joined forces to stop drivers without valid insurance in their tracks.
“It’s bad enough to be involved in a vehicle crash, but then to have to deal with the other driver not having insurance makes it worse,” said Sheriff Al Lamberti. “This is the third year we have teamed up with the insurance industry to protect motorists against uninsured drivers. It’s about making sure we’re all safe on the roadways, and it’s great to see that agencies in all three counties are participating in this effort.”
8 A.M. to 2 P.M. Tuesday, October 9
BSO Tamarac District, 7515 Pine Island Rd. (NW 88 Ave.)
PBSO, 2300 North Jog Road, West Palm Beach
City of Miami PD, 1701 NW 30 Ave., Miami
Deputies and officers from over 70 agencies in the tri-county area have pledged their participation in this one-day operation. Each command post will be staffed with agents from over a dozen insurance companies, so when deputies/officers come in contact with motorists, they will be able to simply pick up the phone to make contact with the person’s insurance company to get on-the-spot verification of its validity.
Florida law states that any person who presents a fraudulent proof of motor vehicle insurance commits a third-degree felony.
***MEDIA NOTE: Media interested in covering this operation should meet at the Tamarac District Office at 11 a.m. You will be able to ride along with deputies on road patrol and have access to the various insurers in the operations room.
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