Tag Crackdown On The Way

Hancock County Sheriff Steve Garber says his deputies are manning roadblocks in an attempt to catch car tag violators. Garber said four deputies will rotate between county schools as parents drop their children off in the morning, and possibly during the afternoon.

``We will be checking license tags, licenses and proof of insurance,'' Garber said. ``We will be issuing citations. If a person's car is registered in Louisiana and the parent has a child in school in Mississippi, we will start an investigation.'' Roadblocks also will be set up on county roads in Diamondhead and Pearlington. Many residents keep their cars registered in Louisiana to avoid the higher cost of license tags in Mississippi. Garber said anyone who filed a homestead exemption in Mississippi must register all vehicles in the state.

Violators can be fined up to $100 and the cost of the tag, Garber said. Bobby Long, with the state Tax Commission in Jackson, said his office frequently receives complaints but could not estimate the number of violators. ``They are shopping in an attempt to get the cheapest tag. But they are taking money from their home county's school district,'' he said.