Broward County drivers traveling through Hollywood may be part of routine traffic stops that police are conducting throughout Wednesday to make sure drivers have appropriate auto insurance.
According to an article in the May 28 Sun Sentinel, agents from more than 20 insurance companies are helping police officers spot fake documents.
The joint operation between the National Insurance Crime Bureau and Hollywood Police aims to check drivers and crackdown on insurance fraud, which occurs in about one in every four drivers in Florida, the Insurance Research Council (IRC) says.
Penalties will vary with the level of the offense. Motorists with expired insurance cards are likely to receive a citation. Arrests may be in store for drivers with fraudulently altered insurance documents, according to officials.
Florida is one of the leaders in insurance fraud. According to the IRC, almost 24 percent of all Florida drivers don’t carry auto insurance, putting it in the top five states.
Operations like this one will help to drive down insurance rates and ensure coverage for those involved in auto accidents, the article explained.