Published: Feb 10, 2011 5:00 PM EST
Updated: Feb 10, 2011 2:06 PM EST

TAMARAC - Representatives from 17 auto insurance companies joined forces with the Broward County Sheriff's Office during a one-day crackdown on motorists who drive without insurance.

Wednesday's crackdown on insurance fraud was a one-day initiative put together by the sheriff's office and the National Insurance Crime Bureau, which fights insurance fraud.

Insurance agents waited at the sheriff's substation as deputies called in to verify driver's insurance information during traffic stops. By 3 p.m., they had fielded 39 calls.

Deputy Marty Chastain says similar crackdowns are planned and he warns they will be random.

Officials say insurance fraud is "through the roof" in Florida, where studies show 23 percent of drivers were uninsured in 2007.

--- Information from: South Florida Sun Sentinel, http://www.sun sentinel.com

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