Personalized License Plates: Asking For A Ticket?

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  1. Chuck C

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    Merry Christmas To All!!

    My friend told me that cops are always on the lookout for the cars with the pretty personal plates. i.e. they show bias towards them b/c they think the driver feels pretty slick with a cool tag that reads something like "VROOOOM" or "HOT ROD". Even the ones that do not denote speed are more likely to get you in trouble than a standard issue plate. Any truth to this?
     
  2. Eric Kahn

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    I do not think so in OH becasue they are so easy to get
    I have them on both of my vehicles
    not had a problem
     
  3. Joel Mack

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    Cops have better things to do than see who has personalized plates and who doesn't.

    They're dirt-cheap in Nebraska, and I've had them for about 10 years. Haven't received any tickets in that time, either...
     
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    Untrue. A very close friend not only has vanity plates on her car, but she is also an officer.
     
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    I don't see the cops targeting poeple with plates, but I have seem some really dumb ones around here. One civic in town is bone stock and his plates read "Bout Me", what a moron.
     
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    What I don't get are the people that spend the money for the personalized plates, and then just put the make or model of their car as the message... Seems redundant since that information is usually located on the rear end of the car anyhow...
     
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    I don't think that cops target all vanity plates, but ones like "IM FAST" and "RACE ME" are just like invitations to get a ticket. I have a friend who used to have "BLURRR" on his Kawasaki ZX-11. He once got pulled over after clocking 150mph (!!) on radar (the cop showed him the radar read-out) and got out of it!!! Man, the luck..... [​IMG]
     
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    I don't think policemen care about personalized plates--for one thing, they make recognition easier, and they also indirectly pay a small part of their salary (via the fees that are charged for them).
     
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    I've seen things like BEER ME. I think thats just asking for a breathalizer.
     
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    Personalized plates may be more likely to get you in trouble with family and friends. I recall back in high school, one of the girls had plates with her name on them. Her parents were always getting calls from 'concerned friends' about what their daughter had been doing or where she had been. One night they got a call from such a friend telling them she had just seen her speeding down main street. Seems she had been sitting in the living room with her parents all evening. Her mother told her about the call and 'warned' her about driving too fast (with a big grin).

    When it came time to renew, she got regular plates.
     
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    I've never liked them, though I am warming up to them so I might get a personalized plate the next time I need plates.

    As a kid, I always reasoned that I'd be better off using randomly issued plates because if I were to ever commit a crime, it would be harder for witnesses to remember the plate! (Not that I ever intended on committing a crime or anything).
     
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    My plates say "HDTV 178."

    They should give me a break because I am just trying to help the FCC!
     
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    my plates say (phonetically) "hi! i'm ted".
    it's pretty cool because sometimes people will shout or wave at me and say "hi ted" or something silly. one time it was a bunch of babes in a car so i felt like a champ! [​IMG]
    however, there is a definite downside to this.
    when i pull a bone-headed stunt (like accidently cut someone off or something else stupid) then they know my name. really embarassing!
     
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    This reminds me of when my dad had custom plates 141 MPH when he had his first Saab 9000 Turbo. I think he was in full-on mid-life crisis mode or something. [​IMG]
     
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    Reminds me of a plate I saw back, oh, 15 years ago on the Baltimore beltway:

    Plate: 55 ISBS
    Car: white Lamborghini Countach

    Talk about asking to get pulled over!! And I always wondered how they got that one past the DMV. MD has always been kind of skittish about what they will allow on vanity plates.

    But I agree on meaningless plates. I mean I get it if someone wants to put "70 CUDA" on their restored Hemi 'Cuda, or "MY TR7" on their old Triumph. Those are cars that they might be rather proud of and that the average person on the street would not know. But the one I still don't get that I saw up in DE:

    Plate: 93PROBE
    Car: You guessed it, 1993 Ford Probe. Stock. Not some souped up GT. Just a regular ol' Ford Probe.
     
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    I always Liked Goldfinger's personalized license plate -- AU-1.


    Think Periodic Table.
     
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    Best one I ever saw was


    3M TA3


    Think rear view mirror
     
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