DALLAS (AP) — The number of uninsured drivers in Texas has dropped more than 38 percent from a year ago.
Officials attribute the drop to both a 4-year-old program aimed at getting those drivers insured or off the road and a clean-up of the state's driver database.
The Dallas Morning News (http://dallasne.ws/R2bGgc ) reports that statistics compiled in June indicate that just 13 percent of motorists, or about 2.6 million Texans, are driving without minimum insurance coverage, a violation of state law. One year ago, the state reported that about 22 percent of all drivers, or 4.2 million people, had no insurance.
A private contractor discovered problems in the insured-uninsured database earlier this year.
Texas drivers pay an estimated $1 billion a year to protect themselves from those who have no coverage.
Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com