Skip to comments.Special License Plates Shield Officials From Traffic Tickets(California)
Posted on 04/05/2008 6:56:50 AM PDT by kellynla
It's 1:45 p.m. on a Wednesday in February and a Toyota Camry is driving west on the 91 Express Lanes, for free, for the 470th time.
The electronic transponder on the dashboard used to bill tollway users is inactive. The Camry's owners, airport traffic officer Rudolph Duplessis and his wife, Loretta, have never had a toll road account, officials say.
They've never received a violation notice in the mail, either. Their car is registered as part of a state program which hides their home address on Department of Motor Vehicles records. The agency that operates the tollway does not have legal access to their address.
Their Toyota is one of 996,716 vehicles registered to motorists who are affiliated with 1,800 state and local agencies and who are allowed to shield their addresses under the Confidential Records Program.
An Orange County Register investigation has found that the program, designed 30 years ago to protect police from criminals, has been expanded to cover hundreds of thousands of public employees from police dispatchers to museum guards who face little threat from the public. Their spouses and children can get the plates, too.
This has happened despite warnings from state officials that the safeguard is no longer needed because updated laws have made all DMV information confidential to the public.
(Excerpt) Read more at ocregister.com ...
“DMV wants $8,442 for list of agencies with protected plates”
Ya might want to alert our fellow Californians...
Some are more equal, and that is quite a sum.
BTW, Arguably, earthquakes, brushfires and mudslides are "weather"
California certainly is not the only state that enables public officials to live above the law. In Maryland, some cops in Montgomery county refuse to pay speeding tickets that they received from speeding cameras while driving police cars.
It is too bad these people cannot be fired and permanently disallowed from ever working for government again. But of course, this is why so many people in this country have nothing but feelings of cynicism and contempt for government in general, because anyone who is "on the inside" gets a free pass while everyone else has to obey the law.
Well in Conn. you have blizzards. I think there is no place in USA that is totally devoid of natural disaster - earthquake, blizzard, flood, storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, mudslides, volcanos, etc. We thought maybe New Mexico, but it has that “dormant” volcano.
I think it's because California has some very interesting crimes.
LOL, parents need to get their children into the lucrative government business - - generous pension and benefits, essentially unfireable, easy hours, work at your own pace, retire in your fifties, maybe even your forties....
I'm glad to see that someone is finally telling the public the real reason that we have to put up with the traffic congestion caused by the use of Diamond Lanes out here on the Left Coast.
The fact that the politicians can drive the Diamond Lanes free of the car pool restriction is that reason. It is the only reason. It certainly a fact that Diamond Lanes take up way more real estate on our freeways than can possibly be justified by any improvement in traffic flow that theoretically results in the greater use of car pools. That simply didn't happen in sufficient numbers to justify the continued deployment of our Diamond Lanes. It is way past time to bury this bad idea.
Another example of why every family should have a member who either works for the government or is an attorney.
Three children and four grandsons all within a 45-minute drive. You will put up with a lot of Left Coast nonsense for that privilege.
And don’t tell me, let me guess......98% of these people are Democrats, right? Do I get the brass ring for cutting to the core of the problem? They are getting closer and closer to the old Pol communists with their job perks. Yes, some ARE more equal than others.
No, no, noooooo! Those things are the "result" of evil humans breathing, living life and having those dastardly fleshly desires for food, clothing and shelter.....polluting the purity of their surroundings by their existence......disturbing Gaia in the process.
Who thinks this is limited to Kalifornia? LOL! This sort of thing is NORMAL in govt. Bureaucrats regularly get away with crimes that would put regular citizens in jail. They are quite brazen. You should see the crud that goes on in any govt office... State, local or Federal. Right now the entire executive structure of the DOD under the new NSPS system is systematically stealing every cent they can for personal pay raises and bounses. Nothing can be done, even though these civilian traitors are ruining our war fighting capabilites.
Those of us old enough remember a time when California was the Promised Land, when we would watch the sunshine-covered Rose Parade while the snow piled up outside, or the women “wished they all could be California girls”.
Now California is essentially a Third World slum, with all the attendant corruption, crime, filth, and dismal quality of life more in tune with Tegucigalpa. So many people are leaving that if you factor out the illegals, it is LOSING population.
Maybe it’s time to give it back to Mexico. In a very few years, when the Hispanic population exceeds 51%, they will be voting secession anyhow, so let’s save all the trouble and let them have it.
New Mexico is supposed to be the safest state regarding natural disasters, but it does have other problems (drunk driving, tailgaters, Democrats).
It's true that the Jemez mountains are a huge volcano that is supposed to blow up every 200,000 years or so. I've heard it's due.
Some animals are more equal.
“It’s true that the Jemez mountains are a huge volcano that is supposed to blow up every 200,000 years or so. I’ve heard it’s due.”
Who documented that it blew up 200,000 years ago?
“Why the hell does anyone with a brain live in CA?”
Next time you’re in the area, let me know and I’ll give you the “Cooks Tour”
Orange county is mighty nice...and where I live there are NO Lefties allowed LOL, no gangs, very little crime, no earthquakes, no floods, no burshfires, no floods and/or no mudslides.(Fountain Valley) Just perfect weather, great water sports, beautiful country and Dodgers, Angels, Lakers and when the Ducks & Kings remember how to play, some pretty good hockey LOL
Only place in the states besides Hawaii where you can go surfing in the A.M. and snow ski/boarding in the P.M.
But we do have some crackpots in Sacramento but if the Lefties continue to abort their offspring and Conservatives continue to flourish; we’ll soon solve that problem at the pols!
I’m a native. I keep hoping enough people will begin to share my thoughts; i.e. go to Sacramento, enter into the buildings, strip the hacks and pols naked, then whip them out, on to and down the streets. Such action is way overdue.
With HALF of Americans receiving some kind of government assistance and HALF of Americans who don’t pay ANY income taxes and the government being the only entity who continues to hire and hire and hire and never fire; who says Communism is dead! LOL
LOL! I’m siting her in earhtquake weather enjoying a panoramic ocean view.
Now California is essentially a Third World slum, with all the attendant corruption, crime, filth, and dismal quality of life more in tune with Tegucigalpa.
Only parts of it. The Promised Land is still quite visible is many places, so people stay hoping the pendulum will swing back in other direction. Those who have been here long enough remember a time when it did - when Jerry Brown's disastrous reign ended and George Deukmejian's governorship coincided with Ronald Reagan's Presidency to make 80's California a huge improvement over 70's California. People hold out hope that can happen again, some day.
And for many (myself included), it's all about the money - like New York City and depending on your field, one can make much more money in California than anywhere else for the same work. Find a way to minimize your expenses for a few years and you can leave California in a very strong financial position, take your money East, and piss off all the Nevadans and Texans and Coloradans by driving their housing prices up. ;)
The purpose of traffic fines (including DWI) is revenue for city operations.
This is why those who make the laws and those who enforce the laws and those who collect the fees are exempted.
They are not to punish, they are to make sure that you pay “your fair share” as it has been assessed.
I'd call "danger close" first.
“Nothing can be done”
Term limits is the only solution and ya know the chances of that ever coming to fruition are slim & none!
And “Slim” just left the building. LOL
Yeah, we’re toast.
All you can do is hunker down, hide everything you can possibly hide, and keep plenty of ammo handy.
I will admit that as I get longer in tooth it is getting harder.
Don’t forget the other half who work and pay taxes. LOL!
Post of the week BUMP!
Unloading California on Mexico is actually an excellent idea on several levels. If the scumbag Democrats lost two rat Senators, all those rat Congresscritters and all those permanent electoral votes, the rest of the nation might stand a chance of recovering. We would just need to build a good fence between California and America.
who are fast depleting by each passing day...
exactly why I'm for eliminating income taxes and the IRS and replacing it with a national sales tax so that EVERYONE contributes!
Secret state employees. Perks of working for the man.
McCain is opposed based on an obvious misunderstanding. The two Dums have said nothing. They run on change, but can't see one of the biggest changes we need.
While employed with a local PD in KY in the 80’s I discovered that a KY statue prevented state legislators from being ticketed for traffic violations ‘while the legislature was in session’ because they may be in a hurry to get to Frankfort for a vote. Of course that meant that any plate belonging to a protected state employee was never ticketed.
I lived in Southern California for about 4 years. The weather is awesome...is it reason enough to put up with all the BS? Nearly. It's very, very close.
That said, what would happen if the tollway and other agencies that got stiffed by the totalitarian anarchists were to start up a web site posting their license plates and what was owed? From my read of the article, people who have those special plates aren't legally exempt from toll and other requirements--it's simply very difficult to collect from them. On the other hand, public exposure might cause such things to calm down pretty quickly.
Actually, I think we're on to something!
Let's offer the illegals and the Aztlan crowd California. Then watch Pelosi and Boxer and Feinstein and Waters and the rest of the Dems scream and yell and demand that the illegal invasion be stopped. Let's call their bluff on the open borders and amnesty crap and let them carry the battle flag to protect their own jobs.
The final irony will be that all those California Dems and RINOs office holders will be soon replaced by Latinos just like they were in Los Angeles, which is no longer part of America.
Diamond lanes are a better option that what we have here in Houston - a SINGLE lane, blocked off in the middle of the highway, that takes real estate for 3 lanes, used one way for the morning, and one way for the afternoon. It’s horrible. When there is an accident, the entire lane is shut down, and police/ambulance/fire block a lane or two of regular traffic, so they can get to/from the accident.
Why would anyone in this metropolitan area of 5+ MILLION people make an interchange ramp of one lane? I mean, seriously, if you’re redoing the ramp, build it at LEAST 2 lanes wide.
Who documented that it blew up 200,000 years ago?
Some leftist group, and they blamed Bush.
That's the official USGS position. I'm not saying I agree with it.
The purpose of HOV lanes is palpably NOT to move bodies (and traffic) more efficiently. Every public transportation authority in the country, if they're honest, will admit that their purpose is instead to make freeways even more inefficient and drive commuters into public transit.
Thereby, of course, doing away with the evil SUV...
Absolute truth. Ask them sometime.
If you think that “California is essentially a Third World slum” then the only thing piling up is your bull crap.
Reminds me of Patrick Kennedy's little Capitol Hill accident about 10 years ago when he hit a barricade at 2:45AM. Witnesses claimed to have seen him drinking at a local bar. Yet he used the same "I was on the way to a vote" excuse.
Geez, thanks for that reminder. I had totally forgotten that one. It rankled me no end to pull over someone pushing 100 mph on I64 only to shine the spotlight on a Senate-1 plate.
“That’s the official USGS position. I’m not saying I agree with it.”
Probably my liberal ass brother in law who works for the USGS.