Counterfeit inspection stickers on cars and trucks are becoming a problem in Louisiana. The Department of Environmental Quality reports they are being detected with increasing frequency. East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Captain Robert Stone says they can pass for the real thing at a glance.
Stone says officers can spot the bogus inspection stickers with any close-up look. He says some motorists may have paid for a sticker and received a fake one without knowing it. He says to avoid that, always to go a state-approved Motor Vehicle Inspection Station. DEQ reports over 200 fake inspection stickers have been detected and confiscated statewide over the past 10 weeks. Captain Stone says, when they detect a fake sticker, they also look at whether the driver was a victim or a probable intended faker, "one of the things we look at is whether or not the vehicle is in good enough condition to actually pass a motor vehicle inspection. A lot of times...more often than not, the vehicles are NOT."