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BAY COUNTY, MI — Police now have an easier way of telling if you are riding dirty on the streets of Michigan.

As of mid-September, police throughout the state can determine if a motor vehicle is properly insured simply by running its license plate.

“When they run a license plate on an in-car computer, it will tell them if the driver of the vehicle has insurance that’s valid or not,” said Bay County Undersheriff Troy Cunningham. “It doesn’t apply to motorcycles or commercial vehicles at this time.”

Michigan State Police 1st Lt. David Simon, commander of the Tri-City Post in Bay County’s Williams Township, also said the new technology has led to his troopers issuing more tickets with greater ease.

“It is convenient and it’s nice for the officers to verify if someone’s got insurance or not. It’s one more thing we can do at a traffic stop or at a crash.”

The 1st and 15th of each month, insurance companies submit reports to the Michigan Secretary of State detailing who is insured, Cunningham said. Bay Cou……….. continues on MLive.com.

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