Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Insurance in Texas

Did you know that Texas cops can now see if you have current insuance? Accord to on agency as many as 40% of Texas drivers have no insurance!

TexasSure, the vehicle insurance verification database designed to reduce the number of uninsured motorists, is now available to law enforcement statewide.
TexasSure is a secure database that matches the records of registered passenger vehicles with personal auto insurance policy information submitted by Texas insurance companies. The project was mandated by the Texas Legislature and is a collaborative effort of the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI), the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Texas Department of Information Resources.
The statewide rollout follows a successful field test program by the DPS in the Austin area. TxDOT made the database available to tax assessor-collectors statewide in June.
"After a vehicle is pulled over, the TexasSure database is a fantastic tool that helps law enforcement identify those who are driving without insurance—or with an expired or phony insurance document," said DPS Lt. Louis Sanchez.
DPS strongly recommends that law enforcement agencies verify insurance coverage through existing methods before impounding a vehicle for no insurance. It is DPS policy to not impound vehicles solely for no insurance, but other police departments may have their own policies.
"If you don’t have liability insurance for your vehicle, your chances of getting a ticket just went up dramatically," warns Lt. Sanchez. "If you have insurance, continue to carry your proof of insurance, as required by state law."
Here’s how it works: during a traffic stop, law enforcement officers may use the license plate and/or VIN of a vehicle to submit a query to the new database through the Texas Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (TLETS). Some agencies will need to customize their software in order to obtain information from the TexasSure database. (Law enforcement departments have already received information on the program from DPS and can contact DPS TLETS for further information.)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Stay at home dads and Mark Driscoll

I copied this from another site. I would love to here thoughts on this. It is very relavent to my husband and I as he is a stay at home dad! I do not agree with everything Mark says but some of it I do. Mark Driscoll on Stay-at-Home DadsIs it ever OK for the husband/father to stay at home with the kids while the wife/mother provides for the family? Mars Hill Pastor Mark Driscoll says that unless there are extreme circumstances that would prevent a man from providing for his family, being a stay-at-home-dad could be a matter of church discipline. here is the link- an interview segment of a sermon series he's doing on Song of Songs, both Mark and his wife, Grace, condemn the idea of stay-at-home dads directly and without hesitation by pointing to 1 Timothy 5:8, "But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever." I admire Mark and Grace for boldly proclaiming what they believe Scripture says about the different roles God has given men and women in family. Check out the video in it's entirety for the full context and tell us what you think. Jennifer

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

So this is blogging!

Well, the Cartwrights are joining the wave of the future! I hope to make this a weekly blog about the family. Please forgive any spelling or grammer problems! Remeber i failed English...alot!

Getting started!

hoping this works and i can get in the blogging world!