POSTED: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 6:14pm
UPDATED: Friday, September 20, 2013 - 5:19pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — If you have an expired or fake inspection sticker on your car, you're not just putting yourself in danger, but your fellow drivers, too.
Baton Rouge is trying to clean up its air, and if your vehicle inspection is out of date, or even fake, then you are costing the city money and causing pollution.
"We definitely enforce expired inspection stickers. One reason why we do that is sometimes people take the inspection sticker process for granted," Jared Sandifer, Louisiana State Police, said. "They think it's just something that they have to do in order to put their cars on the road, but the reason the cars are inspected is to keep it safe."
However, the problem is, a lot of people, like Raina Lacaze don't really understand why it's necessary.
"I think it's mostly a formality because you're there for five minutes, and they tell you to pump your brakes and make sure your blinkers are working," Lacaze said.
However, Yasoob Zia from the Department of Environmental Qualilty said it's not just a formality. The inspection checks to make sure your car is working properly, and that inspection checks your cars emissions.
"When people are not doing what they're supposed to and having fraudulent stickers, the few that don't do what they are supposed to are effecting the rest of us," Zia said. "The area's affected. We're all trying to work together."
Which is why the Sheriff's Office and State Police have been cracking down on expired and fraudulent inspection stickers, and they'll be looking for you.
"The way we enforce it is very easy. If we see a vehicle that has an expired inspection sticker, we're going to pull that vehicle over and speak to the driver," Sandifer said. "If there's a reason it's expired, we're going to find out why, and you can face a pretty hefty fine."
If your inspection sticker is expired, that could cost you more than $100, and if you have a fake one, you could face jail time.