Hancock County authorities say a second crackdown is planned for early next year to identify and ticket county residents who have not registered their cars in Mississippi. Counties bordering Louisiana have faced a tag problem for years. The cost of a vehicle tag in Mississippi is based on property values of the city and county where a resident lives and can cost several hundred dollars. A car tag from Louisiana averages only $20 to $25 a year.
Lawmen completed a round of roadblocks earlier this month. Hancock County Sheriff Steve Garber said authorities ticketed 56 Hancock County residents driving with out-of-state tags during the roadway checks set up from Nov. 29 to Dec. 4. The roadblocks were in Pearlington, Diamondhead, Bayside Park, Shoreline Park, Lakeshore and in rural areas. ``I'm happy to see law enforcement doing what they're doing,'' said county Tax Collector-Tax Assessor Jimmie Ladner. ``It's a big problem.''