Traffic accidents by the numbers

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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP)- Every time you get behind the wheel of your car or truck, you need to know that uninsured drivers, and those without proper licenses, are costing all of us. We sat down with the North Platte Police Department and added up the numbers.

This is what Elizabeth Kerr with the North Platte police department says:
Last year, in 2018, there were over 930 accidents.
In over 41% of those, one of the people involved in an accident had no proof of insurance.
Drivers have ten days to provide proof of insurance.
If they don't, then there is a chance the driver's license is suspended or revoked.

"If they don't have any proof of insurance and they get into a traffic accident that is their fault, they have to pay the other driver for whatever injuries or damage they incurred. If they can't pay that, their driver's license is suspended until they can pay that," said Kerr.

Officer Kerr said that many people are not aware that their license was suspended until the next time they are pulled over.It can happen because of many reasons, from no insurance, to a wrong forwarding address

Not-at-fault drivers premiums become higher after accidents, making uninsured drivers a cost risk for everyone.