Thursday, May 23 2013 11:58 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:58:46 GMT
Macon County School Superintendent Dr. Jacqueline Brooks confirms to WSFA 12 News that shots were fired after a high school graduation ceremony Wednesday evening. There were no injuries reported.Dr. BrooksMore >>
Macon County School Superintendent Dr. Jacqueline Brooks confirms to WSFA 12 News that shots were fired after a high school graduation ceremony Wednesday evening. There were no injuries reported.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:55 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:55:08 GMT
(RNN) - Dozens of Cleveland restaurants have pledged to give the man who rescued three Ohio women from captivity, free burgers for life. Charles Ramsey, the guy who famously stopped eating his Big MacMore >>
More than a dozen of Cleveland restaurants have pledged to give the man who rescued three Ohio women from captivity, free burgers for life.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:51 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:51:55 GMT
WSFA 12 News is taking action to try and help the people of Oklahoma following the violent weather. We are teaming up with the American Red Cross tomorrow for a phone bank. The hours will be from 11amMore >>
WSFA 12 News teamed up with the American Red Cross in Alabama to help the people of Oklahoma following the tornadoes that took 24 lives and caused extensive damage. Our on air and on line Disaster Relief Drive has raised $45,641 up to now.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:45 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:45:52 GMT
The hunt is on for a wanted suspect in Autauga County, according to the Autauga County Sheriff's Office. A woman called the WSFA 12 newsroom Wednesday afternoon saying that she had been stopped in AutaugaMore >>
A manhunt was initiated (for a second time) in Autauga county Wednesday after authorities showed up at a home to serve a robbery warrant and ran into the man wanted in connection with a January police chase. More >>
Amid lingering concerns about his national security policies, President Barack Obama is outlining measures to clarify the deadly use of drones against terror suspects.More >>
President Barack Obama is set to at least partially bring out into the open some of the U.S.-directed drone program, a key component of counterterrorism strategy, as he outlines the contours of the continuing threat to...More >>
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -
Alabama's liability insurance law has been on the books for 12 years, but 22% of Alabama drivers are still uninsured - one of the highest rates in the nation. Insured drivers are the ones paying the price.
"I was rear-ended on Vaughn Road, and they told me they didn't have insurance," said Elizabeth Daly, a driver. "And they proceeded to drive off, which my insurance costs went up as a result of that."
The state has been testing the Online Insurance Verification System since June, ahead of its full deployment on January 1st. Alabama will be the first state to deploy such a system.
"I'm pretty sure this system will drop that rate drastically," said Jay Starling, Assistant Director of the Motor Vehicle Division at the Alabama Department of Revenue. "We're hoping for, it's going to be less than 10% uninsured motorist rate, that's what we're shooting for."
It also gives law enforcement a new tool to help catch those who try to break the law by using fake cards.
"When people printed them up themselves, or they would go and get insurance, get their paperwork and stop paying their premiums," said Sgt. Steve Jarrett, with the Department of Public Safety. "This way we can check it real-time."
Beginning January 1st, you will not be allowed to register your vehicle in Alabama unless your insurance can be verified through the system or you can provide proof in person.
If you are convicted of driving without insurance, the first offense carries a fine of up to $500 and the second offense carries a $1000 fine and a suspension. More information on the new system can be found here.