Teams of officers from the Eastern District and investigators from the Motor Vehicle Administration stopped vehicles at two checkpoints yesterday in an effort crack down on Maryland residents with out-of-state tags, county police said.
Six MVA agents and four officers checked vehicles at the intersections of Crainmont Drive and Crain Highway and Green Branch Drive and Crain Highway from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., said Sgt. Robert Johnson, a department spokesman. Officer Wayne Tanis, who was working with the teams, said the MVA agents wrote 19 citations for cars that did not have Maryland license tags.
The fines for the citations are $260 each, which violators will have to pay in addition to the $700 to $1,000 it takes to change registration, Officer Tanis said.
"We find occasionally people procrastinate and go several years without changing their tags," he said. Maryland law requires that the change be made within 30 days of moving to the state.
College students and military personnel are exempt from the requirement. When MVA agents went to Green Tree and Village Square in June, they placed exempt forms and warnings on each vehicle with an out-of-state tag, Sergeant Johnson said. In those communities, which are near yesterday's checkpoints, agents found 153 vehicles with out-of-state tags.
In addition to the 19 citations handed out yesterday, the teams towed five cars, confiscated five sets of tags, issued eight warnings and four repair orders for defective equipment, Officer Tanis said.
One of the towed cars was a 1983 Mazda RX7 with tags that belonged to another car, and another car was towed because the driver had no license, Officer Tanis said.