On February 12, 2015, authorities in Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens, and Medley clamped down on drivers carrying fake insurance cards, according to a news report on CBS Miami.
Officers stopped randomly-selected cars and asked drivers for their license, registration, and proof of insurance. Police then contacted the insurance companies to verify coverage. If the card turned out to be fraudulent, the driver was arrested.
Two drivers were arrested for carrying fake insurance cards, while 27 other arrests were made for various traffic violations.
According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, the use of fake insurance cards has become a national epidemic. “If you have a printer and you have a computer, you can download a fake insurance card and it looks real,” said Hialeah Police spokesman Carl Zogby.
The use of fake or fraudulent insurance cards affects legal Florida drivers when an uninsured driver is involved in a motor vehicle accident, according to the report. The costs incurred in these accidents are eventually passed on to legal drivers in the form of higher insurance rates.