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Gov. Rick Scott signs PIP reform into law, closes out 2012 bill action

Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed a law aimed at cutting down on an epidemic of car insurance fraud in Florida, fulfilling one of his top goals.

Changes to PIP, or personal injury protection coverage, was one of Scott's three priorities in the 2012 legislative session. He signed HB 119 in Jacksonville, accompanied by law enforcement officials.

"This legislation will benefit the pocketbooks of every Florida family who drives an automobile," Scott said.

Florida's $10,000 PIP benefit has led to widespread abuse, staged car accidents and phony injuries that have sent insurance premiums skyrocketing to a level that many people can no longer afford. The two biggest areas for fraud in the state are Tampa and Miami.

"This is a last-ditch attempt to deal with some form of required insurance to drive in this state. Will it work? I don't have a clue," said Walter Dartland of the Consumer Federation of the Southeast, which supported the legislation. "People are clever. There's always going to be someone out to scam the system."

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[Last modified: Friday, May 4, 2012 8:37pm]

    

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