Throughout much of the 1990s, the road to auto insurance accountability and compliance in the state of New York was in disarray. That's because throughout the decade, New York state officials and auto insurers watched with helpless dismay as a growing number of New York motorists circumvented a mandatory auto insurance law. They did this by carrying fraudulent insurance identification cards.In many instances, using a fake ID will only take the illegal user so far. But in New York, the inability of state databases to crack down on the activity enabled card carriers to run amok. With detection difficult, motorists saw an opportunity to create their own proof-of-insurance cards.

State officials and auto carriers that conducted business in New York knew if the problem continued unabated, auto insurance costs in New York could spiral out of control. In essence, honest auto insurance buyers would subsidize dishonest ones.

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