Cape Coral Police Department
1100 Cultural Park Blvd
Cape Coral, FL 33990
Date: March 9, 2011
Subject: Cape Coral Police Team with National Insurance Companies forTraffic Operation
Cape Coral Police and the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB)conducted a traffic operation today throughout Cape Coral. The focus ofthe operation was to target uninsured motorists as well as those withfraudulent auto insurance cards.
The operation was from 9am-2pm. Within the first 90 minutes of theevent, 44 traffic stops were conducted and of those, 25% of the drivershad no proof of insurance.
According to the NICB, roughly 15% of drivers in Cape Coral do not haveauto insurance. That is passed along to other customers. It is estimatedthat $50 is added to the insurance bill of every insured driver to coverthe cost of uninsured motorists and fraud.
According to Cape Coral Police Captain Michael Torregrossa who commandsthe Special Operations Bureau and organized today's event, the purposeof the traffic saturation patrol was not about issuing tickets, it wasabout awareness.
The operation netted 209 total traffic stops.
151 of those stops resulted in some type of warning.
50 resulted in a civil citation being issued. 8 of those were criminaltraffic violations.
No fraudulent insurance cards were confiscated.
Said Captain Torregrossa of today's operation, "I'm proud of thecollaboration between the NICB, the Insurance Industry and the men andwomen of the Cape Coral Police Department. We've identified a problemand are taking steps to remedy it."