Motoring giant backs the Star

A MOTORING organisation has today thrown its weight behind The Evening Star's efforts to target uninsured drivers.The AA is backing the Star's Uncovered campaign, which pledges to name and shame those that plague Suffolk's roads by driving without insurance.

A MOTORING organisation has today thrown its weight behind The Evening Star's efforts to target uninsured drivers.

The AA is backing the Star's Uncovered campaign, which pledges to name and shame those that plague Suffolk's roads by driving without insurance.

A spokesman for the pro-car group said: “It is a very antisocial thing to do and one of the more serious motoring offences.

“Uninsured drivers cost other drivers £30 on their policy because of the money that has to go towards covering the damage wreaked by uninsured drivers.

“The police have been more successful recently in removing uninsured vehicles from the road - it's almost doubled in the last year.

“We are closing in on uninsured drivers and ordinary motorists will be pleased about that.

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“Anything that highlights the problem of uninsured drivers is a good thing.”

The Star launched the campaign after it emerged that more than 43,000 motorists in Suffolk have been caught without insurance in the last decade.

We want to get those that flout the law off the streets of our county, helping to keep other drivers safer.

The new campaign follows the revelation that crash victim Rob Gentry is struggling to cope because the driver who ploughed into him, Davide Mendes, was not insured, and Mr Gentry can not claim enough compensation to live on, forcing him back to work early.

Ashley McCullum was banned from driving for 14 months yesterday for drink-driving and driving without insurance or a license. He was also fined a total of £498.

Joanne Drake was also disqualified for six months for driving without insurance. She was fined £225.

Has an accident with an uninsured driver affected your life? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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