Beginning today, June 15, uninsured motorists operating their vehicle within the city limits of Texarkana, Texas may have their vehicle towed if stopped by Texarkana, Texas police officers. This follows a one-month grace period in which officers gave warnings to those who would have been impacted by the new ordinance.

Texarkana, Texas officials are optimistic that the number of drivers operating without insurance will decline not only within the city, but the county as well. In 2014, Texas side officers issued more than 2,600 citations for no insurance, which amounts to more than seven violations per day.

Not every traffic stop or encounter will result in a vehicle being impounded. Officers will impound uninsured vehicles in the event that they are involved in a crash, if the vehicle is stopped for a hazardous moving violation or a non-hazardous violation where the driver is unlicensed, or the vehicle registration is not valid.

The State of Texas recognizes valid proof of insurance as either an insurance policy form (or copy), an electronic image of the form which can be displayed on a wireless communication device, an insurance binder that confirms compliance, a surety bond certificate, a certificate of deposit (or copy) or a certificate of self-insurance covering the vehicle issued (or photocopy).