Louisiana goes after drivers with no car insurance

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Louisiana goes after drivers with no car insurance

Louisiana DMVThe State of Louisiana is cracking down on drivers who have let their car insurance lapse. Here at the AWS blog, we have been following Lousiana’s recent attempts to collect past due fines by sending out over 1.2 million letters to people the state claims were driving without vehicle insurance. Now they have another collection method at their disposal, The Office of Debt Recovery.

This newly formed office has the authority to extract money from bank accounts, intercept tax refunds and recommend that a person’s state-issued professional license be suspended. Previously the state was unable to use these methods; that is until the Legislature created this office in 2013.

According to Office of Motor Vehicles Deputy Commissioner Staci Hoyt, the office has collected $225 million of the $444 million owed the agency.

Louisiana’s Department of Revenue spokeswoman Kizzy Payton said the Office of Debt Recovery has collected $5 million since the office gained jurisdiction over OMV fines. Payton said the agency has sent letters notifying residents that their debt has been turned over to the ODR. They have not begun recommending that people’s licenses be suspended, but they will start offsetting tax refunds.

Make sure that you are adequately covered and not driving with lapsed car insurance. Contact an agent at AWS Insurance today and they can make sure you have the appropriate amount of coverage for your car, truck, or RV.

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Melinda Martin

Account Executive

Melinda began her insurance career in 1985 with Alexander & Alexander where she received her Property & Casualty and Life & Health license. Since then she has worked at various agencies in the New Orleans area and in California as a senior account manager for Employee Benefit Plans.  While in California, she was also the Membership Director for the Burbank Chamber of Commerce. Melinda joined the AWS team in July of 2015.

Michael A. Seeling

Vice President

Graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a B.A. in Insurance Risk Management and is a graduate of Archbishop Rummel High School in New Orleans. He joined AWS in October of 2008 and has been awarded the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Certification (PPACA). Additionally, he is working towards his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), Registered Health Underwriter (RHU), and Registered Employee Benefits Consultant (REBC) designations. He is also a member of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU), National Association of Insurance Financial Advisors (NAIFA), and is an active member of the Fore!Kids foundation.