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Special license plates help officials in Colorado, California avoid tickets
KDVR-TV ^ | August 8, 2013 | Staff

Posted on 08/10/2013 12:05:42 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Loopholes in California and Colorado laws designed to keep criminals from hunting down cops and other public employees are being used by local officials and their extended family as a way to avoid paying thousands of dollars in traffic and parking fines.

In Colorado, special license plates issued to 100 state lawmakers and representatives not only shield them from radar tickets for speeding, but also prevent collection notices on past-due parking tickets.

That’s because the legislative plates in Colorado aren’t entered into the Division of Motor Vehicles database. If someone with a special license plate blows through the speed limit and is caught on radar, there is no actual information in the state’s records to cross-reference the plate caught on camera to the driver’s home address. The lack of information also applies to Denver’s collection department.

“Because the Department of Public Works relies on the DMV database to contact people with unpaid parking tickets we are not able to contact legislators with unpaid parking tickets,” Denver Public Works spokeswoman Emily Williams said in a statement.....

(Excerpt) Read more at kdvr.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: california; colorado; corruption; cronyism; democrats; fraud
We are rapidly becoming a banana republic.
1 posted on 08/10/2013 12:05:42 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
We are rapidly becoming a banana republic.

We have been for most of a century, people are just beginning to notice, because they have became so blatant in their disdain for the serfs.

2 posted on 08/10/2013 12:10:24 AM PDT by itsahoot (It is not so much that history repeats, but that human nature does not change.)
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To: itsahoot

I think the notice-factor really was created by the internet. Once the newspapers and news channels were pushed to the side, and you could post updates to millions....there was no filter to stop the relay of information. Once some mayor has accomplished some corrupt act....you can post the information and half of town’s population know about the episode within seven days. It used to take years for the word to get out.

I think this has also pushed the creativity scale....to figure out ways to sneak around and accomplish stupid things.


3 posted on 08/10/2013 12:13:45 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

For more on the abuse here in California, read this:

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/dmv-189719-police-confidential.html


4 posted on 08/10/2013 12:14:37 AM PDT by vette6387
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To: vette6387
Your source sheds significantly more light on the issue. Original thread article states California shields "hundreds of thousands" of people from tolls and traffic citations. The actual number is just shy of one million (996,716)!
5 posted on 08/10/2013 2:08:45 AM PDT by NautiNurse (That is retarted, Sir.)
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To: NautiNurse
Your source sheds significantly more light on the issue. Original thread article states California shields "hundreds of thousands" of people from tolls and traffic citations. The actual number is just shy of one million (996,716)!

So one million people? Vehicles? Both? Don't have to pay tickets? The number is larger than this because an immune vehicle will be lent out to a correctional officers son who wants to take some long trips on toll roads and bridges for a month (for example)  If this son blows through tolls in other states (say Oregon and Washington State) it looks to me that he is immune too

6 posted on 08/10/2013 2:17:24 AM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: dennisw

If someone with such a plate blows by a patrolman in some states (like maybe Ohio), they’ll be stopped and detained until the vehicle’s registration and ownership can be verified. And, the ticket will be issued.

An Ohio Highway Patrol officer would ticket their own mother for going 10 over the speed limit. They mean business, and a bigwig from some hard-left legislature in another state isn’t going to be able to claim immunity.


7 posted on 08/10/2013 2:26:43 AM PDT by meyer (What would John Hancock do?)
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To: meyer
An Ohio Highway Patrol officer would ticket their own mother for going 10 over the speed limit.

OH and NC highway patrols have been extra tough on speeding drivers for decades.

8 posted on 08/10/2013 2:47:25 AM PDT by NautiNurse (That is retarted, Sir.)
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To: meyer

An Ohio Highway Patrol officer once told me to get off his highway via his loudspeaker. He did not give me a ticket. This was 1993.

I complied and went via the local roads.


9 posted on 08/10/2013 2:58:40 AM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

In the old days, the good ole boys just carried a card issued by the sheriff right under their driver’s license.


10 posted on 08/10/2013 3:26:06 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: meyer
An Ohio Highway Patrol officer would ticket their own mother for going 10 over the speed limit. They mean business, and a bigwig from some hard-left legislature in another state isn’t going to be able to claim immunity.

It must be Be Nice to Mom Week in Ohio. I thought the penalty for ten over was summary execution. (just kidding,...sorta).

11 posted on 08/10/2013 3:38:52 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: dennisw

“An Ohio Highway Patrol officer once told me to get off his highway via his loudspeaker. He did not give me a ticket. This was 1993.”

You should have reminded him that its the people’s highway. And, so is the patrol car, and perhaps his weapon and uniform, depending on Ohio policy. Oh course, this would have really pissed him off and he would have written you up for any and everything possible - probably would have checked your tires to see if they were wore down to the safety bars. But, you would have made your point. Hey, gotta take a stand every once in awhile, right? LOL :)


12 posted on 08/10/2013 3:47:52 AM PDT by snoringbear (E.oGovernment is the Pimp,)
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To: NautiNurse

I can tell you that from personal experience. I live in NC, and once in the mid-’90s got a ticket in OH on two-lane US 52 for doing about 8 over the speed limit. Bright sunny day, no other traffic, I crest a hill right into an oncoming state trooper and bang! He does a U in the road and pulls me for 63 in a 55. No mercy, no warning. I mean, I *was* doing 63 in a 55 so it was legit, but still.

The worst part was that Ohio entered the citation TWICE. So when I went to renew my license in Virginia the next year, I had two speeding tickets on my record and had enough points that I had to take the written test again in order to get my license...at age 30. That’s not embarassing or anything. (I also managed to get Virginia to remove the duplicate ticket and “refund” me a couple of points at least.)

State troopers/highway patrolmen in most states, from my experience, are not to be messed with and are going to nail you to the wall if they stop you. The only times I’ve ever gotten off with warnings when being pulled over have been various local cops...and one Shenendoah National Park ranger.

}:-)4


13 posted on 08/10/2013 3:49:00 AM PDT by Moose4 (SHALL. NOT. BE. INFRINGED.)
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To: snoringbear

My car had non-Ohio plates and kinda looked like crap (so he wanted me off his highway) and he could have written up the vehicle for a few things I think. Thank God he let me go my own way because when I got home I realized I had forgotten to take my drivers license :)
This happened 7AM near end of his shift so he figured he would buzz me and have some fun

So I am very happy with the way this Ohio State Police “abused” me


14 posted on 08/10/2013 4:06:46 AM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh, great. Obama must not have thought of this idea, but now it will become national. New executive order on the way!

All states will be required to shield tens of millions of “special” people who need to be “protected.” I won’t list all of the likely categories. You probably know who they are.


15 posted on 08/10/2013 4:31:57 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“All animals are equal. Some animals are more equal than others.”

Orwell, Animal Farm 1946

Government workers and elected individuals. 2013


16 posted on 08/10/2013 4:56:57 AM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: NautiNurse

“The actual number is just shy of one million (996,716)! “

There was another OCR article about the abuse on the 91 Toll Road which stated taht a “white hat” at LAX held the record for the most “unpaid” toll trips on that stretch of road. He “owed” more than $40,000 as I recall but they couldn’t find out who he was even though the paper managed to find out. The article also said that the term “ law enforcement” included people like dispatchers and other non-officer types and in some cases librarians and the cars driven by the spouses and extended families of cops.


17 posted on 08/10/2013 4:57:53 AM PDT by vette6387
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We already are; the banana is just getting riper and riper to the point of rotting altogether.


18 posted on 08/10/2013 4:58:46 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: meyer

One should always be correct in describing anything to do with the state of Ohio, hereafter correctly referred to as THE State of Ohio.

That wasn’t just “An Ohio Highway Patrol officer” that you encountered.

What you encountered was “An THE Ohio Highway Patrol officer”.

Example: “I was just tooling around in my little red convertible in THE State of Ohio last week when, out of nowhere THE Ohio State Trooper pulled up beside me, waving his THE Ohio State Trooper arms pointlessly in a typical THE Ohio State Trooper manner, driving his THE Ohio State Trooper copcar erratically in rhythm with his THE Ohio State Trooper arm spasms. Does THE Ohio State know that their are served thusly by these THE Ohio State Troopers?”

Hopefully this helps.


19 posted on 08/10/2013 5:04:02 AM PDT by tupac (the crux of the biscuit is the apostrophe)
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To: dennisw

On my way to a hockey tournament in Cape Ann, MA, I had a state trooper bellow over his bullhorn: “If you’re going to drive that slow, move out of the way.” I was doing 70 on the interstate. He flew by me - must have been doing 90.

And to the NSA trolls, FU.


20 posted on 08/10/2013 5:14:24 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners. And to the NSA trolls, FU)
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To: meyer

If I could be a MichiganState Police traffic enforcement for just one day, I’d love to have responsibility for the Michigan/THE Ohio border. It would be fun to concentrate on and ticket every THE Ohio plated vehicle that crosses that border and automatically accelerates to 10 or more mph over the speed limit which appears to be almost every one of them. Heck, I ‘d nail them for three over just like the road dogs in THE Ohio are known to do.

It has nothing to do with the THE Ohio State/People’s UofM rivalry either. I celebrate when the whiny wimps on the Huron are defeated especially by The Ohio State.


21 posted on 08/10/2013 5:23:02 AM PDT by RushLake (Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles. (Emerson))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Government employees from dog catchers to the pres. exempt themselves from most laws and who will ever change this disparity? No one. We The People have made our own bed and now “We” and generations to come must toss & turn in it.


22 posted on 08/10/2013 6:10:06 AM PDT by AKinAK
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To: NTHockey

State Troopers are gods in Massachusetts, top of the law enforcement food chain. This is not the case in all states. Their uniforms reflect this


23 posted on 08/10/2013 6:15:49 AM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: NautiNurse
NC state troopers pale in comparison to rural Virginia county mounties. Here, ten over on an interstate is a gimme unless you blow right past one, are generally driving like an idiot weaving in and out, or speeding in a work zone.

VA county sheriff’s deputies will get you for five over and claim they could “tell” that you'd hit your brakes when the radar was turned on. Pretext for vehicle search, since radar detection devices are illegal there.

There are occasional, coordinated campaigns by NC state troopers when average vehicle speed starts getting out of hand, though. Locals and commuters tend to know what's going on, akin to a rolling roadblock. Truckers do too. It's the out of state drivers who try to get through it who are stopped and ticketed, invariably.

So, if you're passing through NC and all lanes are inexplicably clogged, running the speed limit, it's not inexplicable. Just ride it out, he'll ramp off and work the other side soon enough.

24 posted on 08/10/2013 6:37:58 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: dennisw

Revenue collectors, not cops.


25 posted on 08/10/2013 6:38:21 AM PDT by bicyclerepair (Inbred, pedophile-worshipping, misogynists (mozlums) offend me.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The new nomenklatura.
26 posted on 08/10/2013 7:38:32 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Special license plates

1.FLN001
2.FLN002
3.


27 posted on 08/10/2013 7:39:06 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: pepsionice

Police should confiscate the plates and issue a ticket for driving without valid plates.

But that won’t happen. the arresting officer wants to keep his job.


28 posted on 08/10/2013 8:17:57 AM PDT by chainsaw ("Two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by Obama")
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To: dennisw

Yeah, but their jodhpurs are pretty gay.


29 posted on 08/10/2013 8:49:03 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("When there is no penalty for failure, failures proliferate." George F. Will)
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To: NonValueAdded

The Massachusetts Staties jodhpurs are the envy of LEO nationwide. Not that there’s anything wrong with it!! (I hope)


30 posted on 08/10/2013 9:06:59 AM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: pepsionice
I think this has also pushed the creativity scale....to figure out ways to sneak around and accomplish stupid things.



That too.

31 posted on 08/10/2013 10:17:41 PM PDT by itsahoot (It is not so much that history repeats, but that human nature does not change.)
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