Thompson wants more county power over uninsured cars

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Submitted: Tue, 01/18/2011 - 9:57pm
Updated: Tue, 01/18/2011 - 11:07pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Drivers who don’t have car insurance may have their car impounded if a New Hanover County Commissioner has his way.

Jason Thompson said he plans to ask state lawmakers to give New Hanover County the authority to impound cars without insurance. He also proposes higher fees for drivers without proof of auto insurance, current license plates or registration.

Though this plan still needs to be discussed in more detail, fellow commissioner Rick Catlin says it could be a good idea.

“If it can be done properly, where people who are truly guilty are the ones that suffer, then it would be a strong inducement to get those people off the road,” Catlin said.

Because the state has control over motor vehicles, the county needs approval from the legislature. Thompson says he plans to address his proposal later this week in Raleigh.


  • SurfCityTom says:

    check the facts. Approximately 20% of all motor vehicles in NC are in fact uninsured at any given moment.

    Approximately 40% of all motor vehicle accidents, which involve injury or serious property damage, are caused by uninsured illegal immigrant dirvers.

    It would certainly make sense to immediately deport any illegal immigrant driver who is uninsured and causes an accident in which others are injured or their property is damaged.

    Think back. It was just a few months ago that an uninsured illegal immigrant driver sustained his 5th or 6th DWI incident when he ran into the Dairy Queen in Wilmington while patrons were in line.

    Belive it or not, I don’t make this stuff up. But I do read; I do research; and I do have fact behind my posts.

  • Guest421 says:

    I am not a fan of Jason Thompson, but maybe he has something here. If you drive a motor vehicle, you are supposed to have insurance…period. Why should others have to pay for uninsured motorists insurance to protect themselves against those who willfully break the law by not having insurance? First of all, liability insurance should be tied in with a drivers’ license instead of the license plates. If you have a license, you must have insurance. Let the insurance lapse and lose your license, simple as that. I guess all the cry babies who posted that don’t like the idea probably don’t have any insurance. Let the cops set up road blocks like they do when checking for DWIs, checking for insurance. If you don’t have insurance in force, start walking home since your car will be impounded.

  • Guestiguess says:

    I agree. It’s unfortunate in politics that most people choose a side and that’s where all thoughts end. I never for a second would think that anyone would be here taking the side of individuals that drive uninsured vehicles. I guess once some have made up their mind to dislike a person, no matter what they propose they will always see it as wrong.

    SurfCityTom – is the only opposing opinion (minus his rant about immigrants) I have read here that may be a good argument against the stricter law. Impounding the vehicles would have to be cost effective for it to make sense.

  • Guest228 says:

    No, he is not, so this law makes no sense..the NC insurance commission isnt going to look at NH county statistics and say, hey lets make this optional for drivers..impounding vehicles is a waste of law enforcement time..sitting there waiting on a wrecker while they could be on actual law breaking calls is again another waste of taxpayers monies..when is Jason’s term up? To impound someone’s vehicle because their tags expired is stupid..People dont have time to stand all day in the DMV line to get a sticker and so yes, its pushed to the back of the burner..hey Jason, why not solve the wait issues at NH County DMVs..hmmm..there’s a start..I mean really, get this dude out of office..How about solve the current budget crisis before thinking of new schemes to try to win back conservative voters..I hope the NC legislative laughs in his damn face..moron!

  • Guest600 says:

    Simple, make the fees and fines big enough to make it cost effective. Severe consequences usually make people think twice.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    Not even the state impounds vehicles without insurance. They simply take your plates.

    Perhaps he should concentrate on solving New Hanover’s fiscal problems and worry less about his grandiose scheme to increase tyranny at the local level.

    I’ll bet you that Thomson puts on a brown uniform, boots, and goose-steps around his house at night shouting “Heil!”

  • Guest says:

    So now Jason wants to take my car. What if I choose to only insure a vehicle during warm weather because of the type vehicle it is, does that mean the county has the right to take it because I’m not driving it in the winter. I think this is just more over kill by a commissioner that really doesn’t know when to shut up and back off. The state has laws to cover this problem, we don’t need more interference from the county or Jason in our lives. JASON THE LAST ELECTION WAS ABOUT LESS NOT MORE GOVERNMENT INTERFERENCE IN OUR LIVES.

  • Guest54321 says:

    Are you serious? Please tell me that you realize they are talking about people who do not have insurance on a vehicle that they are currently driving. Not some one who parks a vehicle on private property for the winter, or while restoring it.

  • Guest says:

    I think he raises a good point raising finee. If you wanna insure your vehicle for the summer fine do so but make sure you turn your tags in, in the winter that way you cant possibly drive it during the winter

  • Guest says:

    Gee, Rick… instead of exploiting the poor why don’t you and yours get to work on cutting costs and helping business.

  • Guestagent99 says:

    The Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment prohibits states from depriving “any person of life, liberty, or PROPERTY without due process of law.” The concept of “Due Process” encompasses rights not only to judicial procedures and judicial remedies, but also to administrative procedures and to judicial review of administrative decisions. The Supreme Court recognizes rights to both procedural and substantive due process. I believe the state of North Carolina has that issue in hand.

    The “wants more Power” part of this story is what people need to focus on. Do the local Officials need “More Power”….?

    If Mr Thompson wants do more to help his community, he needs to get into “Law Enforcement”. He needs to go to Basic Law Enforcement Training, get a job with Wilmington PD, and put himself downtown on front street the next time a “Bones, Thugs, and Losers” band cranks up a horde of Drunk Goblins and dumps them out the door right in front of him.

    Then he can either reach for his intestinal fortitude to handle the situation, or he can reach for his cell phone to call Mommie…

    Jason, stick to fixing potholes, water mains, and bus schedules…..

  • guesty says:

    But jason can’t even fix those simple items. He should just retire and move away.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    to look at recent history. A few years back, cars were impounded for DWI incidents and sold after the conviction.

    The city and county were overwhelmed by the number of vehicles.

    The costs for private companies to impound and store vehicles exceeded the revenue generated from vehicle sales.

    Good thought though.

    Since so many incidents of uninsured drivers involved in auto accidents involve illegal immigrants, why not start there.

    Take them into custody; put them on a barge; get an ocean going tugboat to transport the barge south; drop them off south of the Border. Save the cost of maintaining them in jail; educating them while they are in jail; and then having them released back into society as better educated illegal immigrants.

  • Guest228 says:

    Does he go at home at night and think of what he can do to infuriate the public even more..people are falling through hard times in case he hasn’t looked at the NH county budget lately, so yes, insurance collapses but the state regulates and fines those people with lesser impound someone’s car and then have to pay a whopping 350 dollars to get your car back is ridiculous and GREEDY..these conservatives have no ideal how the common person lives and the economic crisis families have to deal with in regards to low paying jobs and not enough income to cover bills..sometimes keeping your lights on or paying your insurance is a decision that a lot of people are making these days..Can we enact a legislative that when these commissioners violate moral issues, ie “the meet me in the parking lot incident”, that they are removed from office..hey thompson..why not look at the books and see about lowering property taxes, creating more high paying jobs, bring some new companies in the area, get on the phone and start calling your constituents and apologize for your latest something instead of pissing off the public even more!!

  • rubin says:

    This is the same issue that is confrontational in the new health care plan-whether the government can force someone to buy insurance they either cannot afford or perhaps does not need. And taking over personal property as a penalty is a dangerous, slippery, slope to travel down.

  • Guest says:

    No, it’s not anything like the new health care plan that would force you to buy health insurance to cover YOURSELF. The current law states that a vehicle must carry liability insurance. That is there to cover SOMEONE ELSE’S injuries that you or I may have caused. It may sound similar, but it’s really very different.

  • Guest says:

    I’ve had to pay a deductible for my uninsured motorist coverage when my car has been hit. I would LOVE to see the state or county impound and sell, at auction, the cars of all drunk drivers. Even if it’s a first offense and the car belongs to someone else, make this a standard penalty and you’ll see drunk driving rates plummet. Even though drunk driving is attempted murder of everyone who came near you car, the penalties are a slap on the wrist and hundreds of attorneys are waiting to get you back on the road.

  • Guestatwway says:

    I am rarely a fan of Jason Thompson, but I have to agree with him here on some level. If it is not cost effective to impound a vehicle, then that’s one thing, but why do the hard working citizens that follow the rules have to pay extra for “uninsured motorists” coverage since we have so many people driving vehicle that are not insured? I am surprised to see comments here from people that think it’s perfectly fine for a person to operate an uninsured motor vehicle.

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