staplermofo: Just once I'd like this exchange:Cop: Do you know why I pulled you over?Guy: Because I --Cop: You're the one millionth car to pass this speed trap! You win $5,000! *cheers and applause*
AverageAmericanGuy: This will never happen.Can we get CruiserTwelve to weigh in on this?
Marcus Aurelius: The important thing here is that the police get a little more power and leeway, like they always do. And the leeway never un-lees. We've gotten to the point where almost everyone has broken a law of some sort or other. Which would explain why we've got 25% of the world's prison population.But never mind that, let's get toughter on crime!
R.A.Danny: Iowa ' s plates have the county on them? Why? Illinois has about 2300 times more people and no county on the plate.
dbirchall: FTFA, this sounds like a clusterfark.Prosecutors argued that the law requires "full view of all numerals and letters."The majority opinion noted laws require plates to include the county of issuance and be "clearly legible."The defendant argued that specialty plates featuring colleges and other themes don't include the county.So you've got laws saying plates have to be clearly legible and fully visible and include the county... but you're selling specialty plates that don't include the county?Oh, and the prosecutors also argued that knowing the county helps police and citizens identify vehicles involved in suspicious and illegal activity.Sounds to me like they want to identify "suspicious and illegal activity" like being from Black Hawk, Johnson, Polk, Scott, Story or Woodbury county, or any other county that's less than 90% white.
jake_lex: I don't think this is so much to put people in prison as it is to increase revenue through fines.
CruJones: I thought this has always been the law, you can't obscure any relevant part of your plate.
dbirchall: "Because you want to play the cat game right meow?"
jake_lex: Marcus Aurelius: The important thing here is that the police get a little more power and leeway, like they always do. And the leeway never un-lees. We've gotten to the point where almost everyone has broken a law of some sort or other. Which would explain why we've got 25% of the world's prison population.But never mind that, let's get toughter on crime!I don't think this is so much to put people in prison as it is to increase revenue through fines. It's political poison to suggest raising the sales or (especially) income tax rates, but you can get shiatty bills like this through "for public safety".Never mind that, say, a 1% increase in income tax would probably be far less of a disruption to your life and finances than getting a ticket under this law would be.
IamTomJoad: Gotta give it to the quaint folks of Iowa
EKU Colonel: He argued that the law only required the display of the large letters and numbers on the plate, not the smaller ones at bottom designating which of 99 counties issued it.C'mon Iowa! You can't add one more county to make it an even 100???
Adolf Oliver Nipples: If it's illegal to obscure any part of the license plate, does that mean that the car dealer that puts the plate cover on (so they can use your car as a rolling advertisement) is culpable too?The first thing I do when I get a car is take off the plate cover. I paid for it, you don't get to use me to make more money.
WhackingDay: Same in NC. Got pulled over for this. Luckily it was a new law and I just got a warning.I asked the cop how I would have known about this change in the law and he says "we're trying to get the word out". Apparently one at a time.
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