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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

January 26, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The worsening economy could lead more Georgia drivers to drop their car insurance.

Allstate Insurance reports that more than 16% of drivers on U-S roads may be driving without insurance within a year.

In 2007 12% of Georgia drivers didn't have insurance.

The number of people with minimum coverage is also expected to skyrocket.

Agents are urging customers to increase their own coverage.

Allstate Insurance Agent Lonnie Mathis said  "I'm recommending to our customers that they raise their uninsured motorist up equal to their liability limits. If they are carrying 100 thousand or 300 thousand liability they ought to bring their uninsured motorist up equal to that."

Mathis said that coverage could cost from $50 to $125 a year.

The study found that drivers in states surrounding Georgia,  Florida, Alabama, and Tennessee, had more than 20% of drivers with no coverage.

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