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1 in 7 drivers not insured

Updated: May 9, 2012 9:47AM

Despite laws in nearly every state requiring auto insurance, one in seven drivers nationwide goes uncovered.

That’s according to an industry group that estimates 13.8 percent of drivers are uninsured, a number that’s climbed during the economic downturn as many financially pressed Americans let their insurance lapse.

“Over the last 20 years, uninsured motorists and the unemployment rate have tracked fairly closely,” says David Corum, vice president of the Insurance Research Council, a non-profit supported by insurers.

In Illinois, as of 2009 14.9 percent of all drivers were uninsured, down from 16.6 percent in 2005.

Gannett News Service

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