CHP 'CHEATERS' program targets out of state unregistered cars, brings back money to state

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - More Californians are taking the time to crack down on out-of-town unregistered vehicles, according to the California Highway Patrol.

It's a program known as 'CHEATERS'-- Californians Help Eliminate All The Evasive Registration Scofflaws. Residents can log online and fill out a description of any car they spot with unregistered out-of-state license plates.

According to CHP every year the state loses close to $10 million to residents who live in California but choose to register their car in another state. 

"Either they don't know about California laws relating to registering their vehicle or they flat out want to to evade registering their vehicles here," said CHP Officer Robert Rodriguez. 

Since the program started back in 2004 'CHEATERS' has brought in more than $10 million. This year alone the program has already brought in more than $1.7 million.

"Since I had to pay sure, I guess, it would be the right thing to pay," said Alejo Navarro, who had to register his car in California for nearly $300.

"So what your just going spend your time snitching on people-- find something else better to do with your time," said driver Brittney Cozart of the program. 

New residents are given 20 days to register their vehicles with the state once they declare permanent residency. 

To find out more about the program, click here.


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