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Car insurance will soon be mandatory in Wisconsin

MADISON (WKOW)-- Starting next week, if you put your car on the road, it'll have to be insured.

The new law is part of the state budget. It takes effect June 1st.

It also requires certain dollar limits for bodily injury and property damage that are set as a minimum, but experts say it's too early to tell what impact that will have on insurance rates.

And if you're caught without insurance you'll take a hit to your wallet.

"If you do have automobile insurance you need to carry proof of insurance with you," said Janet Brown with American Family Insurance. If you do not have proof you could be looking at about a 10 dollar fine from what I understand. If you do not have insurance, it's my understanding that you'd be looking at a five hundred dollar fine."

An estimated 15% of drivers in Wisconsin don't have insurance.

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