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Thompson wants more county power over uninsured cars


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.

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