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Georgia car insurance rates could be on the rise

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News 12 First at Five; May 1, 2008

AUGUSTA, Ga. --- When it comes to your car, your wallet might be getting even lighter. Governor Sonny Perdue has a bill on his desk right now that would make it easier for car insurance companies to raise their rates.

One insurance company is looking at a 63 percent increase for some drivers; another looking at a little more than a 17 percent increase. Those are increases everyone News 12 talked with are simply not happy about.

It started with a pain at the pump and then a pain at the grocery store. Now, it could soon be a pain on your car.

"That is outrageous," says Sunny Cruz.

"I think it's ridiculous," says Bianca Florence.

"Just one more thing," says Sarah Floyd.

Unhappy drivers over the price you pay for car insurance rests on the governor's desk.

"This is a necessity: insurance. You know," says Cruz.

"I'm going to have to stop driving. I think there is going to be a lot of people driving around illegally," says Florence.

You just might be seeing more parked cars too, if the insurance commissioner in Georgia loses control of prior approval for insurance rate hikes.

"Me and my wife will probably be getting rid of the third car," says Cruz.

"I would have to make some cuts because I own three vehicles and I couldn't afford the insurance on three," says Elmer Gibbs.

The loss of control passed the Georgia House and Senate. Legislators tell News 12, no more control might mean more competition and that could even mean lower prices.

But, that's something not riding so well with drivers we caught up with.

"People working even for a decent salary, the price of gas and they double the insurance, kids might go hungry," says Elmer.

"I'm not going to be able to take my daughter to cheerleading practice and do things with the kids because I'm going to be stuck at home," says Florence.

Sarah and Elmer know the Governor personally. They and other send these messages to the Governor.

"Help us out Sonny," Floyd laughs.

"I will write a letter. That it's going to make it hard on us parents and to do things for our kids," says Florence.

"Please don't do it," says Elmer.

"I need his address. Do you have it?" asks Florence.

Well, here is the address to Governor Perdue:
391 West Paces Ferry Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30305-1001

Or, you could go to this website and submit a comment online.

News 12 talked with the Insurance Commissioner's office and they tell us right now, there are about 30 rate increases sitting in their office. They add, Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine is against the bill and says prices will skyrocket if this bill is signed into law.

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