State Patrol to offer free vehicle inspections

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 16, 2004

SOUTH POINT - The Ironton Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol will be conducting free motor vehicle inspections from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday on the parking lot of the Wal-Mart in Burlington.

All vehicles that pass inspection will be issued an inspection sticker to affix to the windshield, which is valid for 12 months from the date of issue.

In Ohio, vehicles that display valid inspection stickers are allowed to avoid the random roadside checks which can sometimes involve a motorist being briefly delayed for an unscheduled inspection.

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Vehicles with aftermarket window tint on the glass can get it tested at this inspection to see if they are in compliance.

Bumper height on pick-up trucks will also be measured if the vehicle has been modified.

The inspection will allow motorists to find out if their vehicle is in violation of the equipment laws.

Starting Monday, April 19, the Ironton Post personnel will step up their enforcement for motor vehicle equipment violations.

"Motor vehicle defects contribute to crashes," Lt. Carl Roark, commander of the Ironton Post, said.

"This effort will help identify equipment defects before they contribute to a crash or involve the operator being stopped and cited for the equipment violation.

It's about safety."