Several community leaders in Detroit joined together today to raise their voices against Detroit’s high auto insurance rates. Spearheaded by former State Rep. Brian Banks, the Detroit Alliance for Fair Auto Insurance launch included Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones, Spirit of Love Church Pastor DaRell Reed and auto accident survivor Saundra Gay.
The new organization will seek to educate Detroit residents about Michigan’s auto insurance system and empower them to be advocates for fair auto insurance reforms at the state capitol. Key issues raised at the news conference, which can be viewed on the group’s Facebook page, include the insurance company practice of using non-driving related factors like credit scores to set higher rates, and redlining in Detroit.
Ms. Gay, who was injured in a rollover accident in 2000, is quoted on the group’s news release as saying “I’m alive today and able to be a productive member of society because of the care and upport provided by Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance coverage. It’s critical that lawmakers in Lansing do everything they can to reduce rates while ensuring accident victims get the care they need.”
The Detroit Alliance for Fair Auto Insurance said it plans to hold a series of town hall discussions throughout Detroit in May where they will educate residents about their auto insurance policies and discuss ideas for lowering auto insurance rates.
CPAN is pleased to see that the organization was adamant that any changes to Michigan’s no-fault system must protect accident survivors while also lowering rates.
More information about the Detroit Alliance for Fair Auto Insurance can be found at www.DetroitFairInsurance.org.