A state legislative committee voted today to have the Department of Revenue take control of the state's troubled insured motorist database system.
Lawmakers say the state can do a better job than a private contractor.
The system tracks about four-point-four million cars and two-point-three (m) million drivers. It was originally designed to notify authorities if a motorist failed to buy automobile insurance.
But Representative Dorothy Butcher says the system will only tell authorities that the status of a motorist who does not have insurance is "unknown." She says police don't trust the records.
State officials say about 12 percent of motorists still do not have insurance.