For Immediate Release

WAJ Denounces Attempt to Repeal "Truth in Auto Insurance" Law

MADISON, Wis. - "We thought the focus of the Governor and Legislature was going to be on job creation but it sure looks like we got that wrong," said Mike End, President of the Wisconsin Association for Justice.

"The first bill they introduce is to weaken Wisconsin's drunk driving laws, then they want to make it harder for injured nursing home residents to get justice. Now they want to make it easier for irresponsible drivers to carry less automobile liability insurance," End stated.

"Most responsible car owners have always had coverage above what the old law required. It was only the irresponsible drivers that carried the old minimum. Now they want to let these irresponsible drivers have less insurance. They somehow think the limits set in 1982 are adequate today," said End

"Does anyone think that the minimum levels of coverage from 1982 still work today? asked End. Healthcare costs have risen over 400 percent during that same time period.

Last session insurance groups said insurance rates would rise 33 percent or more. End asked, "Did it happen? If they reduce coverage this drastically, will they promise a rate decrease of that amount? No."

"The Truth in Automobile Insurance law was a long overdue protection for consumers," End said. "People needed to know that the insurance they purchase will be there if they, or members of their family, are injured in an automobile accident."

 "There appears to be a disturbing pattern emerging from the new Administration. We hope they will get back to creating jobs and leave these anti consumer ideas behind," End concluded.

The Wisconsin Association for Justice stands with consumers to promote a fair and effective justice system for every citizen, not just the privileged and wealthy.

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