NU Online News Service, Dec. 15, 3:36 p.m. EST

Texas drivers will need to purchase more automobile insurance at the start of 2011 to complete a two-year plan to update minimum liability coverage required.

Jerry Hagins, spokesman for the Texas Department of Insurance, said the increase is “long overdue” because of higher vehicle repair and medical costs. For those who carry the minimum amount of auto liability insurance now–about half the drivers in the state–the new rules would mean premiums would go up 2-3 percent.

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