30% of El Paso Drivers Uninsured
POSTED: Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 9:47pm
UPDATED: Friday, July 23, 2010 - 9:29pm
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.