TERRE HAUTE, Ind (WTHI) - A new, little known Indiana law is drawing some criticism from a Terre Haute woman who says she was asked to present proof of insurance not once, but twice.
"If you're involved in an automobile accident -- whether it's your fault or not, and whether you're able to produce insurance at the scene of the accident, as we've always been told to -- you'll still receive a notice from the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles telling you that your license is going to be suspended if your insurance company doesn't re-prove what you've already proven at the scene of the accident,” is Joni Wise’s interpretation of the law that became effective just this past summer.
Wise, who is director of the Vigo County Health Department, says she was rear-ended by another driver in mid-September.
Wise told News 10 that incident is how she stumbled upon this requirement that threatened to render her unable to drive, legally.
Indiana’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles told News 10 that if a driver’s license is, in fact, suspended for the 90-day penalty period leveled against an uninsured driver, a fee of $150 must be paid to reinstate the driver’s license.
Additionally, the BMV said that driver’s insurance company still must verify coverage electronically via what’s known as an SR-50 form.
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