30% of El Paso Drivers Uninsured

POSTED: Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 10:47pm

UPDATED: Friday, July 23, 2010 - 10:29pm

EL PASO -- According to the Texas Department of Insurance nearly 30 percent of El Pasoans are uninsured.

"In el paso it's always been 25 to 40 percent uninsured motorists, be it across the border or be it here," said local insurance agent Tim Collins.

One El Paso man knows this too well. Will Cade says he's been involved in five car accidents, and he says all five times, none of the drivers had insurance.

"Nobody has insurance and it's a pain in the butt," said Cade.

Collins says in these tough times, some people consider insurance is an extra they just can't afford. "If you don't have the money, you don't buy. As the economy gets tight, people make decisions every month when they do their bills on who they're going to pay. They'd rather have food for their kids and rent, and insurance is a luxury item and they take their chances"

Cade says there's a simple solution for all the drivers who simply take their chances. "It's as simple as they need to get caught."

El Paso does have an ordinance in place giving police the right to impound a car of anyone they stop without insurance.

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Yups all the while issurance companies give you a low price but don't cover you for uninsured motoriest.

My friend got hit by a south of the border citizen and yet his premium goes up because the insuarance company could not get ahold of the other party to get compensastion for the accident. Must be nice to wonder around our city and don't care what you do because their no way for them to take any legal action.

So in the end we pay higher premiums while they just get away scott free.

Agreed and im sick of it! Why arent any fees imposed on drivers from mexico when they bring their car over? If you cant produce insurance and you drive on texas roads I think your car should be towed and if you dont come and pick it up then. Auction it off. If texas residents have to pay registration and state inspection then why shouldnt they?

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