Drivers caught without the state's minimum auto insurance coverage can expect to have their vehicle impounded on the spot under changes proposed in HB151.

Rep. Stephen Urquhart, R-St. George is sponsoring the bill that overturns the previous penalty of a $400 fine for a first offense for driving without insurance and $1,000 for subsequent violations. The bill passed committee Thursday morning.

Sgt. Ellis Alexander of the Utah Highway Patrol said that troopers have the ability to electronically confirm a driver's insurance through the Insurite tracking system. The database is updated monthly, and enables law enforcement to verify proof-of-insurance cards.

Alexander told the House Transportation Committee that confirming insurance coverage is conducted at every traffic stop. He also noted a high frequency of accidents that involve uninsured drivers.