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900 vehicles go through safety check

May 22, 2002

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Sheriff's Department checked more than 900 vehicles during a two-hour road safety check Tuesday morning on W.Va. 9 near the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

The safety check was combined with the Click-It Ticket initiative designed to reduce traffic-related deaths through the enforcement of seat belts, Sheriff Randy Smith said.

He said there will be other safety checks, which involve the inspection of motorists' driver's licenses, registration and insurance, during the summer months.

The checks will be held along major highways and on some secondary roads.

Motorists who live in West Virginia but whose vehicles have out-of-state tags will be ticketed, Smith said. Such motorists are skipping out on their personal property taxes, which go toward the improvement of the state's roads and schools, Smith said.

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"We ask those not in compliance to get their vehicle registered. It is cheaper than a ticket," Smith said.

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