Police Putting a Stop to Junked Cars

DUNBAR, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Like many communities, the streets of Dunbar, West Virginia, are packed with vehicles.

For 96-year-old Mildred Caldwell, who has lived in this city her whole life, it's still a wonder to see.

"Cars used to be very scarce," Caldwell said. "Now, there's cars everywhere, even parked."

According to Dunbar Police, therein lies the problem.

"There's cars all over this town with dead tags, dead inspection stickers, grass growing around them, some as many as six and seven in a yard," said Capt. Scott Elliott.

Police say it's gotten out of hand.

"There were five cars here three weeks ago."

Alley after alley, the once-roadworthy rides now sit abandoned -- more than 50 in one part of town alone.

"It's a shame," Caldwell said. "It uglies up everything."

"They're harbors for rodents, rats, mice," Elliott said. "They're also harbors for cats."

According to city code, all vehicles parked outside must have an up-to-date inspection sticker, proper tags, and current insurance.

Otherwise, they must be stored; not under a tarp, but in a garage.

Elliott said violators will soon be getting a notice to remove the roadsters or face a fine, of up to $500 a day; a hefty fee that will hopefully get some engines revving really soon.

If you do receive a letter, you will have 30 days to remove your car. Then a judge will determine your daily fine.


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