Drivers Without Insurance Face Arrest After Accidents

A Tennessee bill that requires police to arrest people involved in serious car accidents but don’t have a driver’s license and proof of insurance is awaiting the governor’s signature, reports the Chattanooga TFP.
A companion bill, one that would set a higher bail for those who, in addition to being involved in the serious accident, turn out to be in the country illegally, is still in the House Finance Subcommittee, according to its sponsor, Rep. Joe Carr, R-Lascassas. The bill is set to be heard next week.
Carr said both bills were prompted by an accident in the Nashville area two years ago in which a motorcyclist was killed and his daughter injured when a driver switched lanes without seeing them.
The driver, who didn’t have a driver’s license or insurance, was given only a citation for driving without a license, a misdemeanor. He also was suspected of being in the country illegally, but police weren’t able to determine whether that was true because officers only can check someone’s legal status once the person is arrested.
“Basically, the bill says a police officer shall arrest the individual in such cases where they don’t have a driver’s license or proof of insurance and serious bodily injury or death occur,” said Carr.


Note: The first bill referenced is HB2466, entitled “The Ricky Otts Act.” The second is HB2678.

5 thoughts on “Drivers Without Insurance Face Arrest After Accidents

  1. Donna Locke

    Heaven forbid Joe Carr and the rest of the state lawmakers actually demagnetize this state to illegal immigration so that the chances of being killed or injured by an illegal alien driver decrease. Arresting the driver after the fact doesn’t reverse the damage and the losses.
    These lawmaker puppets of the business lobby have no intention of looking out for average Americans, but they will wave these meaningless, useless bills and laws at election time as part of their ongoing charade.

  2. Eddie Garcia

    I applaud Rep. Carr and Sen. Beavers for doing what is right. ANY driver that knowingly drives illegally should be held accountable to the highest degree. That accountability will be tasked in a court of law. When that driver got behind the wheel and knew they were not permitted to drive then they acted willfully and with total disregard to the law.
    In the case of an illegal immigrant, the second they set foot in our country as an illegal they broke the law.
    My only hope is that members of the Assembly can be as courageous to pass the driver’s license bill so that the test is administered solely in English for public safety, to save taxpayer dollars and encourage legal immigrants to learn English.
    Eddie Garcia

  3. Eddie Garcia

    I applaud Rep. Carr and Sen. Beavers for doing what is right. ANY driver that knowingly drives illegally should be held accountable to the highest degree. That accountability will be tasked in a court of law. When that driver got behind the wheel and knew they were not permitted to drive then they acted willfully and with total disregard to the law.
    In the case of an illegal immigrant, the second they set foot in our country as an illegal they broke the law.
    My only hope is that members of the Assembly can be as courageous to pass the driver’s license bill so that the test is administered solely in English for public safety, to save taxpayer dollars and encourage legal immigrants to learn English.
    Eddie Garcia

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