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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Vanity plates


Just some of the reading material at Lube Master, my long-time absolute favorite place to get an oil change. And more.

Posted by Marie at January 20, 2011 10:04 PM


All Illinois. Love the red STAAB plate. Would be hard to start a collection like that in Louisiana these days. License plates are now supposed to be turned in and destroyed here.

Posted by: Rob Author Profile Page at January 21, 2011 1:26 PM

I like the CUBS 911 plate and why be Normal question mark. STAAB is the last name of a local family that owns a funeral home. Rob, having to turn in your old license plates is just wrong. As anyone can see here, old license plates become art. I wonder why you have to turn them in.

Posted by: Marie Author Profile Page at January 21, 2011 5:28 PM

I'm sure it's some kind of control measure. One I can think of: If you cannot produce proof of insurance when you're stopped in Louisiana, the officer will remove your plate and place a very visible yellow temporary tag on your back window. If that tag expires and you get caught driving, you go to jail and the vehicle is confiscated. You have to go to the DMV before it expires, produce your proof of insurance, and pay your fine to get your plate back. If you had another plate readily available, I suppose you'd be able to skirt the law for a time.

Posted by: Rob Author Profile Page at January 21, 2011 10:10 PM

That is a very strict insurance law. In Illinois, if you're caught driving without insurance, you get a ticket for $500.00 (I think). But if you can show the judge you had insurance at the time (or, in some cases, if you went out and got it later), the judge will usually dismiss the ticket.

Posted by: Marie Author Profile Page at January 21, 2011 10:22 PM

All motor vehicle laws are getting strict in Louisiana. We have random insurance checks and DWI checkpoints. The fines are getting very serious, too. Not sure law enforcement really has the stomach for it, though. They're letting people off with a warning now more than ever. I even got let off with one. That's never happened to me. I ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS get a ticket.

Posted by: Rob Author Profile Page at January 21, 2011 11:17 PM

I re-registered a car from Chicago out here in California last spring. One of the requirements: surrender the old Illinois plates. Whoops--I didn't have them in hand during the registration process. "That's OK--just come in and drop them off." Well, I'm still sitting here looking at the plates nine months later.

Out here, I think it's strictly a measure to make sure all the plates on cars are legal. With the new plate-scanning technology the police are using--they actually scan and run plates as they drive past lines of parked cars--it will become much harder to use bogus/expired/non-surrendered plates in any case.

Posted by: Dan Author Profile Page at January 26, 2011 1:38 AM

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