Keeping up with technology to enforce auto insurance laws: An editorial
Motorists would be able to show that they have insurance for their vehicle by calling their insurance company and getting verification sent to their cell phones if the state Legislature adopts House Bill 1130.
The House passed this reasonable measure, and the Senate should vote for it.
As it stands now, law enforcement officials can only accept a proof of insurance card or a photocopy of that document. But there’s no compelling reason to reject an electronic confirmation delivered via smart phone. The bill would allow insurance cards to be sent to “any small hand-held computing or communications device that has a display screen with touch input or a miniature keyboard.”
The bill, by Rep. Greg Cromer of Slidell, could be a huge help to motorists who realize, after getting stopped by a police officer, that they’ve misplaced their proof of insurance card.
The law needs to keep up with technology. Industry lobbyists point out that more companies are using electronic files and communications. They say that the measure is needed to protect drivers. It’s certainly a convenience for motorists, and one that shouldn’t have any negative effect on public safety.