In Your Corner: Ticket Typo Causes Suspension

By Ryan Elijah

June 18, 2010 Updated May 1, 2009 at 8:01 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, IN (IndianasNewscenter)--
A Fort Wayne woman has spent the last 20 months trying to recover from an accident, in which she wasn't physically injured.
"I lost my career because an officer wrote a 7 instead of a 1", said Angela Ray. In July, 2006, Ray's car was hit and totaled near the Indianapolis airport. She was driving a 2001 Pontiac Aztec, but the police officer inadvertently wrote on the police report that it was a 2007. Two months later she got an unexpected letter from the BMV. "it said I have a suspended license for not having insurance"
She did have insurance, just not for a 2007 Aztec, it wasn't even made that year. Angela's insurance company mailed a compliance form to the BMV, but it didn't match their police report, as a result, she says she lost her medic's license with 12 points on her driving record.
Angela's situation is complicated by the fact that her insurance company went out of business, Her situation was one of many messes, that Mike Masters inherited when he purchased the company 9 months ago.
"historically, this is easy to correct, but at times we do need to send the information a second time.
The BMV confirmed to us that it is the DRIVER'S responsibility to prove that they have insurance and in the vast majority of accidents the insurance agent usually takes care of that. Since Angela's accident was nearly two years ago, the BMV made the process easier
Last May the BMV introduced a new electronic insurance forms submission program that they say significantly improves the way nearly 800-thousand insurance forms are handled when it comes to proving insurance.
Meanwhile Masters Insurance has worked hard the past few weeks getting in touch with Indianapolis police and getting Angela's report fixed.
Mike Masters, "we realized if we don't fix this thing, who will? I think we have and if she provides us the information on the medic's license, we'll submit the paperwork"
Angela's 2-year ordeal is an example of how one small error, can lead to months of frustration, it's also a great reminder to motorists to select an insurance agent you can count on and keep accurate up to date records with the BMV just in case. When asked about e-mail addresses for use in alerting drivers, we were told those also change constantly and likely wouldn't ease the burden of notifying driver's with information.
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