- Advertisement -
  • Most Commentedmost commented up
  • Most Emailedmost emailed up
  • Popularmost popular up
- Advertisement -

« News Home

Uninsured driver avoids citation

Published: Mon, September 19, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

Uninsured driver avoids citation

Not long ago I was traveling in Lordstown and was in an auto accident. I was sitting at the traffic light when I was hit from behind. The Lordstown police were called and made a report stating the other driver was at fault and I was under the impression I would be compensated for damages.

I expected the police to make sure the other driver had insurance before we both left the scene. Apparently this was not the case because when I offered to go to my car and get my insurance card, the officer said not to bother and for me to go about my business and not to worry. Weeks latter I found out through my attorney that the gentleman didn’t have insurance until the day after the accident, which means the police just took his word that he did.

I was not injured in the accident. I know lots of people who would use this incident to cash in, but that’s not who I am.

I’m still not clear on why the gentleman was not given a ticket. The only conclusion that I can come up with for my treatment in this matter is that I’m black and the man who hit me is white. I have been stopped by police before for minor infractions many times and have been asked to show proof of insurance and had my car searched.

All I want is to be compensated for damages and my only recourse now is to take the man to small claims court and spend money I don’t have. This could have been avoided if the Lordstown police had been more diligent in performing their duty.

James Rogers, Youngstown


1300(573 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Considering that you were in Lordstown, I'd say that you're probably right.

Suggest removal:

2Doctore(52 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Just for fun, I'd like to see Mr. Rogers research exactly how the financial responsibility law works in Ohio, and whether Lordstown PD can even issue a citation for "not having proof of insurance". Most local agencies can not unless it is city code. He was shown at fault for the crash, which was probably very minor, and was found to have let his insurance lapse. At that point, your only course of action is taking them to court. Or, stay ignorant of the law, don't call that department and ask, and then, write an editorial accusing the officer of being ignorant an racist. Because THAT'S not getting old or anything.

Suggest removal:

3Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

I'll bet that half the drivers in Youngstown have no insurance . Have one of them run into you and all you can do is to write it off as a loss on your income taxes unless you have full coverage .

Suggest removal:

4AnotherAverageCitizen(1176 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Well Mr Rogers,

Were you issued a citation for every infraction you were pulled over for? I would bet not. You would have pulled away from the traffic stop happy that time you did not get a citation. But now that someone else didin't get a citation, you pull the race card.

I know many people who get a warning, or let go from a traffic stop. Does not make it racist.

Suggest removal:

5300(573 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

AAC, you're comparing not having insurance to rolling through a stop sign?

Not having insurance is tantamount to driving without a license. There's no wiggle room when it comes to that.

Also, could you say with a straight face that if the roles had been reversed, that it's likely that a Lordstown cop wouldn't have asked for Mr. Rodger's proof of insurance? If so, you've never been to Lordstown.

Suggest removal:


HomeTerms of UsePrivacy StatementAdvertiseStaff DirectoryHelp
© 2015 Vindy.com. All rights reserved. A service of The Vindicator.
107 Vindicator Square. Youngstown, OH 44503

Phone Main: 330.747.1471 • Interactive Advertising: 330.740.2955 • Classified Advertising: 330.746.6565
Sponsored Links: Vindy Wheels | Vindy Jobs | Vindy Homes