California Law Enforcement & Firefighters Say Prop 33 Means Safer Streets

Lower Auto Insurance Rates = Incentive to bring the uninsured into the system

Oct 23, 2012, 17:34 ET from Yes on Prop 33

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- California law enforcement and firefighters are calling on voters to support Proposition 33 because it will promote safer streets by lowering auto insurance rates, the Yes on Prop 33 campaign announced today.

Proposition 33 allows drivers to switch insurance companies and keep their continuous coverage discount. This gives the consumer control and allows them to shop their discount with any company they choose, forcing insurance companies to compete harder, lowering prices and insuring more Californians.

"When California had a law similar to Proposition 33 from 1996-2002, the number of uninsured motorists dropped by almost half. This is why a wide range of law enforcement organizations, including the California Association of Highway Patrolmen and CDF Firefighters are endorsing the initiative," said Rachel Hooper, spokeswoman for the Yes on Prop 33 campaign.

Proposition 33 also makes sense for veterans and other individuals who once had insurance, but were forced to let it lapse for a range of personal reasons. In contrast to the present system, many more people will be protected under Proposition 33, including: people who have been laid off or furloughed for up to 18 months, those who need a break in payment for 90 days for any reason, and even children living with their parents will receive the same discount available to their parents.

For many reasons, Prop 33 has attracted a wide range of other support, including from California highway patrol officers, firefighters, major veterans' groups, leaders from both parties, ethnic organizations, chambers of commerce and consumer organizations. Supporters are drawn to the fact that Prop 33:

  • Means more insured drivers and safer streets.
  • Preserves regulatory oversight of rates.
  • Restores consumer choice.
  • Protects people whose policies have lapsed due to unemployment, illness or other factors. 
  • Helps Californians in the military. 

"California consumers deserve a reward for being responsible and purchasing car insurance," said Hooper. "Proposition 33 lets you shop your discount for a better deal."

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SOURCE Yes on Prop 33