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Adrian cracks down on abandoned cars

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ADRIAN, MI (Toledo News Now) -

Adrian officials say they're making an effort to clean up their city and crackdown on blight, and they're starting with old cars.

The Adrian Police Department is focusing on abandoned or unregistered cars. They plan to tag the ones that violate city ordinance by being in unregistered or in a state of major disrepair.

Residents say they're happy to hear officials are taking action, and that they see these types of cars all too often.

"Near on every block. It's pretty bad," said Shalisa Mcanally.

If a car is tagged and in the owner's yard, the owner will have 10 days to register it or fix it up. If it's in the street, they have 48 hours. After that, the car could be towed away, but officials say that's not the goal.

"We want them to have their cars," said Deputy Chief Laurence Vanalstine with the Adrian Police. "They can get an extension if they need one. As long as they're working toward compliance, we're working with them."

So far, they say the program has had a positive impact on Adrian neighborhoods.

"Almost 100 percent of the time this year, we've made contact with the owners and they've brought their vehicles into compliance, either by registering them, repairing them, or removing them," Vanalstine said.

According to city code, residents are allowed to have just one unregistered car in their yard, and none in a state of major disassembly.

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