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click to enlarge The St. Charles Police Department intervenes.  - FLICKR / @PASA

The St. Charles Police Department intervenes.

St. Charles Police Assume Crime very serious, and as proof they tackle one of the biggest problems facing society. No, no gun violence. It has expired temporary tags.

If you’ve driven on a particular highway, chances are you’ve seen a temp tag fluttering in the wind with an expired expiration date. But once you cross the river to St. Charles, you’ll be subpoenaed if the police arrest you. This is part of a new initiative by the Saint Charles City Police Department. The effort begins today, June 13.

“There will be a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for these violations,” said the City of Saint Charles wrote in a Tweet on June 10.

Users responded with both outrage and relief. A answer read “Of all the crime that happens, is this your focus? LOL! Wow! How many deaths or injuries has an expired temporary tag caused? #911isajoke” while another said: “About time!”

Other users pointed to problems accessing the Department of Motor Vehicles, citing: hour and closures (most RDWs are only open Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday 9am to 1pm, and are closed on Sundays), as well as other financial impediments such as high gas prices and inflation

Temporary tags are issued for a new vehicle upon purchase and typically give the buyer about 30 days to pay their sales tax to the Department of Motor Vehicles in exchange for permanent tags.

The city says that once individuals are apprehended, they will receive a court summons and the police officer will “seize” the tag in question for evidence.

KSDK reports that if someone gets a ticket for their temporary tags, it’s usually cheaper to pay the fine than the sales tax.