Bill OK'd to let drivers show police car insurance on cell phones in Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Drivers pulled over by the police could show proof of auto insurance on their mobile device under legislation headed to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature.

The state Senate passed the bill unanimously Wednesday. It won approval in the House in March.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Aric Nesbitt, says it “simplifies life” for drivers.

The legislation clarifies that motorists can demonstrate proof that their car is insured by showing a paper or electronic copy of their insurance certificate. It prohibits police from viewing other information on a driver’s smartphone.

The officer could require the driver to forward an electronic copy of the certificate so the officer could verify its authenticity in a safe setting.

Drivers who fail to produce evidence that their vehicle is insured can lose their license.

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