HIALEAH (CBSMiami) – We all hate the sound of a police siren behind us. But if you’re one of those drivers who is fed up with rising auto insurance bills, take heart, something is being done to fight it.
Miami police, Miami-Dade police and nearly a dozen other police agencies in the county will be conducting a one day crackdown this week on drivers using fraudulent insurance cards.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has reported a disturbing rise in the use of fake auto insurance cards by drivers in South Florida. Since it is often difficult for a police officer to verify that the proof of insurance presented to them during a traffic stop or crash is legitimate, drivers who use fake ones basically have a ‘get out of jail free’ card.
That won’t be the case this Wednesday when representatives from several insurance companies who offer auto coverage in the state will staff a command center to assist police officers verify insurance cards. If the card came back as a phony, the driver will be arrested and charged with a third degree felony.
The one day crackdown in Miami-Dade will be the largest in Florida law enforcement history.