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Uninsured drivers on the rise in Ohio

The recession has caused a spike in uninsured drivers in Ohio, where unemployment has risen to nearly 10 percent and as high as 15 percent in some counties.

As the unemployment rate rises, so do the number of uninsured drivers, according to the Insurance Research Council, which expects an uptick of people driving without auto insurance in 2010.

Based on projections, the council said uninsured drivers could rise from 13.8 percent of all drivers in 2007 to 16.1 percent in 2010.

"An increase in the number of uninsured motorists is an unfortunate consequence of the economic downturn and illustrates how virtually everyone is affected by recent economic developments," the council's vice president, Elizabeth Sprinkel, said.

In Ohio, 6.5 percent of all accidents in greater Cincinnati involved an uninsured driver last year, according to an analysis by the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Ohio crashes involving at-fault uninsured drivers totaled 11,527 in 2008, slightly up from the 11,488 in 2007, according to the Ohio department of public safety, the Mansfield News Journal reported.

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