Man says wife showed proof of insurance during traffic stop, rec - KMOV.com

Man says wife showed proof of insurance during traffic stop, received ticket anyway

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A man told News 4 his wife received a ticket for lack of insurance even though she showed a St. Louis police officer proof of insurance on her phone during a traffic stop.

Justin Powell said his wife was pulled over in the Central West End and showed the officer proof of insurance on her phone. 

“The officer at the time told her he did not have to look at that insurance and have to accept that insurance card and proceed to write her a ticket for not providing insurance,” Powell said.

Such a ticket can carry a fine of $300 and add points to a driver’s license. In 2013, the Missouri Legislature passed a law that allowed drivers to display insurance on their cellphones. 

“We called the police department and we talked to the staff sergeant. We asked to file a complaint but they said the ticket was perfectly legal, they had no idea the law had changed,” said Powell.

However, after News 4 contacted St. Louis police, the department said it is updating its policy to comply with the 2013 law. Police said they will also contact the Powells about the ticket.

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