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March 1976

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Insurance Firms vs. DWIs

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in cooperation with state and local agencies, is trying to make motorists aware of the effect a drunk-driving conviction has on auto-insurance costs.

A survey by a Federally funded project in Florida discovered that three out of the five insurance companies cheeked would refuse to write or renew a policy of a person convicted of drunk driving, and companies that would write or renew a policy would nearly double the premiums.

The survey also found that two of the companies would not insure the family car if a son or daughter who lived at home was found guilty of driving while intoxicated.

Safety officials also cite the effect a DWI conviction would have on the insurance rates of a hypothetical driver in five cities. Increases would range from 23 to 168%, according to one insurance study.

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