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Citations issued over vehicle registration

January 20, 1998

Citations issued over vehicle registration

By DON AINES

Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Vehicle owners in the city who are suspected of not registering their cars and trucks in West Virginia have been finding warning citations on their vehicles over the past two weeks.

"We've probably issued about 60 to 70 warning citations," Cpl. C.R. Ellis Jr. said Monday.

The citations are accompanied by information sheets telling the owners what they have to do to comply with state law.

"We've got a lot of people who live here and work out of the state," said Ellis, who added that unregistered vehicles are a significant problem in the city.

State law and the municipal code require vehicles be registered within 30 days of a person moving to the state.

The campaign has been going on since Jan. 5 and will last three months, Ellis said. Two officers have been assigned to issue the warning citations on out-of-state cars and trucks they suspect belong to town residents.

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Also being targeted are those who fail to get a West Virginia inspection, or don't get their out-of-state licenses changed over within 90 days of moving to the state.

Those who fail to get their vehicles properly registered during the three-month campaign will face real penalties later on. Ellis said "some kind of enforcement action" will begin around the end of March.

Anyone with questions about the laws can contact the DMV at 1-304-267-0010 or city police at 1-304-264-2100.

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