Driving Bill Is Opposed

January 20, 1991

ANNAPOLIS — Representatives from the state Motor Vehicle Administration and the American Insurance Association testified Thursday against a bill introduced by Delegate Richard N. Dixon, D-Carroll, that would award credits to drivers with clean records.

The bill, heard before the House Judiciary Committee, is intended to reduce the volume of court cases and time spent by police officers in court by awarding one "safe driving point" to drivers whose records remain free of traffic violations for one calendar year. The points, up to a maximum of five, would offset penalty points assessed for certain violations, such as speeding.

Agnes Beverungen, MVA chief deputy administrator, objected to thebill because it would curtail the agency's ability to address the behavior of those with driving violations. MVA sends a warning letter to motorists with three points on their records and calls a conference with those with five points.

She argued that the bill would not help motorists because traffic violations would still appear on theirdriving records. She also said it could make drivers more lax in adhering to speed limits.

James J. Doyle Jr., a Baltimore insurance spokesman, said insurers would have difficulty adjusting premiums if the bill passed.

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