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Published September 9, 2015
 
Proof of insurance in vehicle will be required October 1
 
BY BOBBY MCLEMORE
Ben Hill Co. Sheriff
 
Georgia law OCGA 40-6-10 requires you to have proof of insurance in your vehicle while operating your vehicle on October 1. When you have an accident, the officer must have your insurance name and policy number. Without this information, the officer cannot complete the accident report, and that delays the insurance company getting a copy of the report and this delays processing the claim.

Some people may tell you don’t have to have your proof of insurance in your vehicle but that is false, you do. We can only check to see if you have valid insurance on GCIC, but it does not give us the name of your insurance company or your policy number.

Beginning October 1, 2015, Deputies will begin writing citations for “Not having proof of insurance in your vehicle” if you do not have your insurance card in the vehicle. The fine is $25.00 if you can show the court you have proof of insurance. It has begun to be a problem for the Officers, and insurance companies and individuals are fussing because it takes longer than needed to get an accident report.

Save yourself a citation by putting your insurance card in your vehicle. Thank you in advance for complying.