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 February 12, 2010


Motorists will need proof of vehicle liability insurance effective June 1

Motorists who live, work at or visit Fort McCoy, soon will be required to provide proof of motor vehicle liability insurance.

Sgt. Domenic Modica, Fort McCoy installation traffic sergeant, said the new policy, approved as  part of the state of Wisconsin budget, means that Wisconsin joins 48 other states in mandating liability insurance coverage. Only New Hampshire doesn’t require liability insurance.

Effective June 1, every motor vehicle operator in Wisconsin will be required to have proof of liability insurance in their vehicles at all times. Violators can face fines if they can’t provide information when it is requested by law enforcement personnel. Modica said this might occur, for example, when motorists are stopped for a traffic violation.

At Fort McCoy, motorists will be required to provide proof of liability insurance — likely in the form of an insurance card or a letter from an insurance agency — if asked by installation police.

Visitors will be asked for proof of insurance and their driver’s license when requesting a temporary visitor pass at the Main Gate, he said.

Authorized personnel who are registering or renewing a vehicle registration also will have to provide proof of insurance, as well as a state driver’s license, vehicle registration certificate/information, and, if applicable, their civilian or military identification cards.

More information about mandatory vehicle liability insurance is available in the Wisconsin Statutes and Annotations, which are available at the Web site http://www.legis.state.wi.us/rsb/Statutes.html. At the Web site, go to Chapter 344 Vehicles – Financial Responsibilities, and then to Subchapter VI, Mandatory Liability Insurance, Sections 61-67.

For more information about the policy in the Fort McCoy community, call 608-388-2044.   

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