BILL ALLOWING PROOF OF INSURANCE TO BE PROVEN BY DISPLAYING ON A MOBILE DEVICE PASSES LEGISLATURE Higgins’ HB 146 allows people to live paperless and cut hassle for fix-it tickets
Saturday, April 13, 2013, Juneau, Alaska – The Alaska Legislature today voted to send a bill to the Governor cutting the hassle from some minor traffic stops for Alaskans who would choose to live a paperless life or want instant online access to their proof of insurance.
House Bill 146, sponsored by Representative Pete Higgins, R-Fairbanks, would make it legal for a person to display their automobile proof of insurance on a personal mobile electronic device.
“This bill modernizes the way peace officers can accept proof of insurance,” Higgins said. “HB 146 should make traffic stops less of a hassle and cut down on ‘fix-it’ tickets, which can make someone lose a day waiting on line at the DMV and/or the courthouse. I know from experience. I’ve lived in Alaska almost all my life and we’re always a little bit behind the technology curve – this bill puts us on track nationally, with 20 other states considering similar bills, and six already having them on the books.”
HB 146 passed the House April 3 and now heads to the Governor for signature. It takes effect July 1, 2013.