The Moore American

February 26, 2014

Program targets uninsured drivers

American Staff
The Moore American

MOORE — A pilot program that allows a private company to check motor vehicle tags for the required liability insurance will begin working in Cleveland County after approval Monday.

Cleveland County Commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding between IX Group, Inc., and the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office for software development and network design of an automatic license plate recognition system.

Undersheriff Rhett Burnett said there is no cost to the county. The company, driving in its own vehicle, identifies tags of vehicles that are not insured and relays the information to state insurance officials. They also have the ability to alert law enforcement if an outstanding warrant is identified in the search.

“They have no law enforcement capability,” Burnett said.

The county benefits in that it could get revenue from fines and some of the thousands of outstanding warrants could be cleared up.

“We can cross check some names and possibly serve some warrants,” Burnett said, adding deputies would still need probable cause to stop someone.

In other action Monday, commissioners:

— Approved an interlocal agreement with the Little Axe Independent School District.

— Approved closing of streets near the courthouse for the Norman Music Festival April 24-27.

— Declared 1988 and 2007 Mack trucks surplus and eligible for trade.

— Recognized the fair board service of Terry Childress and Dick Kortemeier.

— Encouraged county residents to attend this week’s Cleveland County spring livestock show at the county fairgrounds.

— Approved the 2013 mineral interest report listing owners of unclaimed mineral interests to be kept on file with the county clerk.