YONKERS, NY – Yonkers police are cracking down on so-called “ghost” or “ghost” cars, which they say are threats on the road. Dozens of people are now on the streets after a weekend sweep, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported Monday.
From expensive luxury cars to battered work vans, 42 vehicles with fake or expired temporary plates — or no plates at all — are off the streets of Yonkers.
“To drive on a public road, your car has to be properly licensed, it has to be inspected, it has to be insured,” said Yonkers Police Lt. Dean Politiopoulos.
Politiopoulos said pick-ups were easy over the weekend as a special law enforcement team towed vehicle after vehicle for ignoring state registration rules and regulations. Violators often had fake temporary plates, purchased online or even printed at home, displayed.
“It’s a photocopy of a license plate. They printed their own expiration date and glued it to the bottom,” Politiopoulos said.
Mayor Mike Spano, concerned about the use of unlicensed vehicles in crime, joined cops on the ground during the weekend sweep.
“A lot of times people who want to commit crimes drive these vehicles with these paper plates because they’re very, very hard to trace,” Spano said.
Like CBS2 recentlycars with paper tags used in shootings and robberies are a huge problem in New York.
Granted, most confiscated vehicles are not used in crimes. Owners are bending rules and putting other drivers at risk by skipping registration and insurance.
“I mean, I think people will do whatever they can do,” Riverdale’s George Burns said.
“If someone is at fault and the other party doesn’t have insurance to sue, it will be you and your business that foot the bill,” Politiopoulos said.
Cops said the crackdown would continue. The tow trucks are ready to roll again.
Yonkers police said drivers can get their vehicle back after submitting proof of proper registration, inspection and insurance.