Collinsville, Oklahoma
September 26, 2013
Miscellaneous News
Crackdown on Drivers Without Insurance /
Middle School Students Learned About Korean War /
XC Car Wash

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Safety Checkpoint Nets
17 Citations for Driving
Without Insurance
Tags To Be Removed
September 26, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY – Members of the Oklahoma Insurance Department’s Anti-Fraud Unit and deputies with the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office wrote 17 citations for driving without auto insurance Saturday in Tulsa. Fourteen of the uninsured vehicles were towed during the safety checkpoint. The crackdown was the result of an ongoing partnership between the Oklahoma Insurance Department and the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office.

“This continues to be a big problem in the state of Oklahoma,” said Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak. “Nearly one in four Oklahoma drivers is uninsured. But we are determined to turn the tide.”

A new law, House Bill 1792, allows law enforcement to remove the tag from an uninsured vehicle. The law provides temporary liability insurance for the uninsured vehicle for up to ten working days. The offender must pay for the cost of the temporary insurance, along with other required fees and fines, and purchase insurance to get his or her tag returned.

The Oklahoma Sheriffs’ Association (OSA) is the plan administrator of the new law.

“Training materials are being developed for law enforcement,” said OSA director Ken McNair. “We’re planning several training sessions with law enforcement officials around the state in November and December. I expect law enforcement will begin seizing tags of uninsured drivers on January 1, 2014,” McNair said.

“The goal is to lower the number of uninsured motorists over the long-term while also providing minimum liability insurance in the short-term at no cost to the state,” said Doak. “The Oklahoma Sheriffs’ Association is doing an outstanding job and I appreciate their hard work.”

HB 1792 was modeled after a similar measure in Louisiana. The uninsured motorist rate dropped from 30 percent to 13 percent after the law was implemented in that state.

“We are confident that when this new enforcement program begins it will make a difference,” Doak said.

Together, the Anti-Fraud Unit and Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office have executed six safety checkpoints. Of the 472 citations they’ve written, 217 were for driving without insurance. That’s 46 percent of the total.

About the Oklahoma Insurance Department
The Oklahoma Insurance Department, an agency of the State of Oklahoma, is responsible for the education and protection of the insurance-buying public and for oversight of the insurance industry in the state.
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Korean War Veteran Spoke To Middle School Students
George Banasky, Command Chief Master Sergeant ANG/USAF Retired, was with the 18th Fighter Wing in Korea from 1950 to 1953. He spoke to Mrs. Rowden's Current Events classes at Collinsville Middle School September 25th, 2013. Banasky discussed some of his war experiences (in the "Forgotten War") with the students; answered questions; and showed them uniforms, helmets, and other military memorabilia. The now 83 year old was in uniform for 40 years and has been retired for the past 25 years. Banasky said he was not wounded but did have to visit a MASH unit after having his fingers and toes partially frozen after being stuck at a remote location for several days with temperatures near 20 below. His more typical routine was getting up a 3am to prepare the air planes, flying 3 or 4 missions each day, and getting back to the barracks by about 9pm ... 6 days each week. He flew P51 Mustangs. He also mentioned being sea sick for 11 days on his trip to Korea aboard a troop ship with about 5000 other GIs.
Cross Country Car Wash
Members of the CHS and JrHi Cross Country teams were washing cars Saturday (Sept. 21st) to raise funds for their activities this year.