No Auto Insurance? You May be Out of Luck During BSO Operation

 

Tamarac BSO Deputy Trevor Goodwin at a traffic stop on Wednesday.

Tamarac BSO Deputy Trevor Goodwin at a traffic stop on Wednesday.

By: Sharon Aron Baron

Those driving without insurance in Broward County were in for a surprise as law enforcement officers worked traffic stops and were able to instantly verify coverage.

On Wednesday, over 30 insurance agents with instant access to their client data bases set up a command central at the Tamarac BSO offices and provided insurance information in real time to law enforcement officers throughout the county.  Called the Fraudulent Insurance Verification Operation, or FIVO, the operation uses a proactive strategy against insurance fraud.

The Fraudulent Insurance Verification Operation or (F.I.V.O.) verifies insurance coverage from deputies all over Broward County on Wednesday.

The Fraudulent Insurance Verification Operation or (F.I.V.O.) verifies insurance coverage from deputies all over Broward County on Wednesday.

Unlike the National Crime Information Center or a database from the Department Motor Vehicles, there is no central information center for police to verify that a motorist is insured and not just handing them a fraudulent insurance card.

“We check, however, any other day they have no idea if [insurance coverage] is valid or not,” said BSO Deputy Marty Chastain.

The Coalition Against Insurance Fraud estimates that uninsured motorists cost each American family about $950 a year and Florida ranks fifth highest in the nation. Anyone who presents a fraudulent proof of motor vehicle insurance commits a third-degree felony under Florida law.

This operation is designed to serve as a deterrent by increasing public awareness. It also provides law enforcement officers with an informational tool when making traffic stops.

About Sharon Aron Baron

Sharon Aron Baron Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Tamarac Talk and Coral Springs Talk. Tamarac Talk was created in 2010 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Tamarac and to give resident's a forum. We are not affiliated with the City of Tamarac. That's why this site can be occasionally opinionated and obviously open.

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  • Glen

    I just now read the no insurance investigation in broward county. as i live next to a stoplight and have seen several accidents. some of the people at fault admitted they have no insurance and are cited and drive their car away. it seems the sheriff should have car towed so no more accidents until insurance is provided and restitutions are paid to the victom.