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Sheriff’s Deputies and MVA Team Up for Vehicle Checks

148 Sets of Registration Plates Seized

(Bel Air, MD – September 25, 2006) — The Harford County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit, working in conjunction with the Motor Vehicle Administration, seized 148 sets of registration plates or tags, during a special operation in Harford County. Sheriff’s Deputies and MVA agents conducted random checks of motor vehicles in the Edgewood/Joppa area, the Bel Air/Forest Hill area and in Aberdeen.

Of the tags seized during the operation, 70 sets were from vehicles in the Edgewood/Joppa area; 33 from the Bel Air/Forest Hill area and 45 sets in Aberdeen. Most of the tags that were confiscated by MVA officials were for insurance violations; however, some vehicles had switched tags, while others were found with stolen tabs on the plates.

This special motor vehicle registration check began after Sheriff R. Thomas Golding announced stepped up efforts in patrolling Edgewood following a murder in mid-July. Traffic enforcement, particularly within residential communities has been a part of that crime reduction effort.

Deputies assigned to the Traffic Unit, as well as MVA agents, recovered registration plates during late August. Officers worked from 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. each of the four days randomly checking registration of vehicles throughout the county.

Commenting on the success of the special operation, Sgt. Joseph VanSeeters, supervisor of the Harford County Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit said, “Our partnership with the Motor Vehicle Administration helped identify nearly 150 vehicles with illegal registrations. Hopefully the owners of these vehicles have gotten the message that all motor vehicles must be properly registered in the State of Maryland. We will continue to pursue illegally registered and operated vehicles here in Harford County.”

Press Release

September 25, 2006

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