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No proof, no ticket: Lawmaker files bill concerning auto insurance

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Upchurch said he knew that some officers would write tickets for lacking proof of insurance, while others will not. Upchurch said he knew that some officers would write tickets for lacking proof of insurance, while others will not.
Rep. Ken Upchurch Rep. Ken Upchurch

FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - A Kentucky lawmaker said he wanted to do away with penalties for drivers caught without proof of insurance.

Rep. Ken Upchurch, R-Monticello, said he had heard from insured Kentuckians who had to fight traffic tickets, even though police officers were able to see the drivers were insured through their squad car computer systems.

The drivers were able to get the tickets dismissed through a lengthy process, Upchurch said.

"It takes up court time, it takes up unnecessary time," he said. "If the officer can see that you have insurance through their AVIS (computer) system, why issue the citation?"

Upchurch said he knew that some officers would write tickets for lacking proof of insurance, while others will not.

He introduced the bill Wednesday, and House leaders sent it to the House Banking and Insurance Committee on Thursday.

Upchurch called it "a simple little bill" that aimed to address a "cumbersome" requirement.

Drivers should still carry proof of insurance for other reasons, such as swapping information when involved in a crash, he said.

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