By Chris Elliott
April 04, 2006
Many people didn't receive notice of the expiration of their
vehicle registrations this year because the notices weren't sent.
The State has confirmed this. Alaska Statutes provide that
notices must ("shall") be sent out to vehicle owners.
I called the Borough the same day Mr. Cegelske submitted his
letter, asking under what circumstances the $50.00 Borough fine
could be waived. Apparently, there has to be a death in your
family or you must be at death's door yourself at the time you
are ticketed in order for the Borough to grant you a waiver.
I was calling for a friend yesterday, but I too have gotten
a ticket for expired tags. Last September while I was in Juneau
visiting friends, Officer Campbell cruised the Borough airport
long-term parking lot and was lucky enough to catch me. What
a pleasant homecoming surprise that was. Mr. Cegelske is absolutely
right. I am responsible for making sure that my vehicle has
the required insurance, that it is in proper working order, and
that the registration is up to date. My insurance company notifies
me when my insurance premium is due. If my left-front headlight
is out, another motorist (perhaps a law enforcement type) will
let me know. As for my registration tags, I'm on my own. I
will be hopping out of my easy chair to check my tags as soon
as I get done with this letter. Hoping that the Borough or the
KPD or the Troopers might consider issuing a warning is apparently
out of the question. It's just like living in the Big City.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
About: Chris Elliott is a 55-year
resident of Ketchikan.
registration By Jerry Cegelske - Ketchikan, AK - USA
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