Yonkers Police tow 42 “phantom” automobiles in weekend sweep

YONKERS, N.Y. — Police in Yonkers are cracking down on so-called “ghost” or “phantom” automobiles, which they are saying are menaces on the highway. Dozens at the moment are off the streets after a weekend sweep, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported Monday. 

From costly luxurious automobiles to beat-up work vans, 42 automobiles with faux or expired short-term plates – or no plates in any respect – are off the streets of Yonkers. 

“With the intention to drive on a public road, your automobile must be correctly registered, must be inspected, must be insured,” stated Yonkers Police Lt. Dean Politiopoulos.

Politiopoulos stated it was straightforward pickings over the weekend as a particular enforcement crew towed car after car for ignoring state registration guidelines and laws. The violators usually had faux short-term plates, bought on-line and even printed at residence, displayed. 

“This can be a photocopy of a license plate. They printed their very own expiration date and Scotch-taped it to the underside,” stated Politiopoulos. 

Mayor Mike Spano, involved about the usage of unregistered automobiles in crime, joined the cops within the discipline through the weekend sweep. 

“Fairly often those that need to commit crimes drive these automobiles with these paper plates on them as a result of they’re very, very arduous to hint again,” stated Spano. 

As CBS2 not too long ago reported, automobiles with paper tags being utilized in shootings and robberies are an enormous challenge in New York Metropolis. 

To make sure, many of the confiscated automobiles aren’t utilized in crimes. The homeowners are skirting the foundations and placing different drivers in danger by skipping registration and insurance coverage. 

“I imply, I believe folks will do no matter they will get away with,” stated George Burns, of Riverdale.

“If somebody’s at fault and the opposite get together would not have insurance coverage to go after, it’ll be you and your organization footing the invoice,” stated Politiopoulos. 

Cops stated the crackdown will proceed. The tow vehicles are able to roll once more. 

Yonkers Police stated drivers can get their automobiles again after submitting proof of correct registration, inspection and insurance coverage.

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