Hefty fines could hit drivers without insurance
BATON ROUGE - In the final hours of the legislative session, lawmakers passed a $53 million fee hike on drivers who don't maintain car insurance as required by law.
Most of the money is slated largely to go to state police to boost trooper salaries. Other beneficiaries include local sheriffs and district attorneys.
The measure by Republican Rep. Barry Ivey raises fees for the reinstatement of driving privileges if a driver has been caught without insurance.
Bill supporters say it makes it more expensive for drivers to not have insurance than to get a liability policy. Critics say the bill will hit poor people who already can't afford Louisiana's high car insurance costs.
The bill awaits a decision on Gov. Bobby Jindal's desk.