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Special License Plates Shield Officials From Traffic Tickets(California)
orange county register ^ | April 4, 2008 | JENNIFER MUIR

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 ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: abuseofpower; corruption; cultureofcorruption; donutwatch; licenseplates; revenuetickets; traffictickets
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To: okie01

HOV lanes also give police, public transit, and certain other vehicles a “fastlane” bypass to serf-traffic.


51 posted on 04/05/2008 10:30:34 AM PDT by weegee (March 18th, 2008 Obama~"I did NOT listen to the sermons of that man, Jeremiah Wright...")
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To: InterceptPoint

Actually the express lanes on the 91 are toll lanes. You get the privilege of paying up to (I’m not sure of the max) $12.00 one way to avoid the congested lanes for 10 miles.


52 posted on 04/05/2008 10:30:56 AM PDT by reformed_dem (libs should think of executions as just late, late, late, late term abortions)
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To: SoCal Pubbie

How many wildfires last year were started by homeless immigrant camps?


53 posted on 04/05/2008 10:32:07 AM PDT by weegee (March 18th, 2008 Obama~"I did NOT listen to the sermons of that man, Jeremiah Wright...")
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To: reformed_dem

there are some areas too where lights are deliberately out of phase to encourage use of the “speedy” toll road.

Added idling and congestion don’t help air pollution standards. But then civil engineering doesn’t make cleaner air a factor in designs, despite what they may claim.


54 posted on 04/05/2008 10:34:18 AM PDT by weegee (March 18th, 2008 Obama~"I did NOT listen to the sermons of that man, Jeremiah Wright...")
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To: kellynla
In 2001 Assemblywoman Jenny Oropeza, who is now a state senator, sponsored legislation that allowed police chiefs to give the plates to non-sworn employees in "sensitive" positions, such as those testifying against other law enforcement officers, records show.

"Law enforcement came to me and asked me to sponsor it," said Oropeza, D-Carson.

This year, Assemblyman Sandré Swanson, D-Alameda, is sponsoring a bill that would add some zoo veterinarians, animal control agency workers and humane society shelter workers to the program. After introducing the bill, he added firefighters and code enforcement officers, as well.

____________________________________________________________ Government employees are now able to avoid red light cameras, parking tickets etc.

Government employees are clearly above the law.

55 posted on 04/05/2008 10:35:32 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: muir_redwoods
Why the hell does anyone with a brain live in CA? Weather is not reason enough to put up with such fascist tyranny.

Ya think government tyranny is just isolated to Cal? Right.

And yes, the year round great weather is worth a small fortune to me. While you're pulling icicles off your face and trudging through frigid brown snow, I'm golfing.

:o

56 posted on 04/05/2008 10:39:42 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: muir_redwoods

Perhaps you should pose that question to the founder and owner of FR, California resident Jim Robinson.


57 posted on 04/05/2008 10:40:11 AM PDT by Melas (Offending stupid people since 1963)
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To: oldbill
Good morning.
“Let's offer the illegals and the Aztlan crowd California.”

I think we should forcibly deport all illegals and their facilitators to the north eastern states. They are, in many ways, already as socialist as California so the move should be welcome. At the same time our economy here would improve dramatically and many of our worst politicians would get to return to the region that spawned them. Then we should build that fence between Ca and the rest of the country.

Yeah, that's the ticket.

Michael Frazier

58 posted on 04/05/2008 10:41:37 AM PDT by brazzaville (No surrender, no retreat. Well, maybe retreat's ok)
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To: oldbill
Let's offer the illegals and the Aztlan crowd California.

More Californians have given their lives fighting in Iraq than any state.

But hey, instead of fighting big gov, that's infected every state in the country, lets give California to Mexico. Good thinking slick.

Glad you ain't here, and I can only hope any other cut and run types like you that are still in California...leave.

59 posted on 04/05/2008 10:45:11 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: kellynla
Well, by all means, let's publicly shame some of the 'better-than-thou' offenders by reproducing their names:
Among the top violators on OCTA's list were Dwight and Michell Storay (he's a parole agent with the Department of Corrections), with 622 violations; Lenai and Arnold Carraway (she's an Orange County social worker), with 239 violations and Susie and Mike Stephen (she's a Chino Police Department dispatcher), with 227 violations.

60 posted on 04/05/2008 10:46:35 AM PDT by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: calcowgirl

“Well, by all means, let’s publicly shame some of the ‘better-than-thou’ offenders by reproducing their names?”

“Shame?” These clowns don’t have any “shame”...
they don’t even know how to spell it. LOL


61 posted on 04/05/2008 10:49:37 AM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: buffyt
There are no natural disasters in Maryland, except the politics.
62 posted on 04/05/2008 10:51:26 AM PDT by Vision ("If God so clothes the grass of the field...will He not much more clothe you...?" -Matthew 6:30)
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To: SoCal Pubbie; oldbill
If you think that “California is essentially a Third World slum” then the only thing piling up is your bull crap.

I'm waiting for this bucket mouth to respond to 59.

63 posted on 04/05/2008 11:00:47 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: weegee
Not as many as those started by pyromaniacs. What does this have to do with anything anyway? Most homeless around here were born in the good old US of A.
64 posted on 04/05/2008 11:03:15 AM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: kellynla

SaaAaaaaY? Isn’t this the old Soviet model? Where there is one set of laws for the proletariat and no laws for the party apparatchiks. Why it’s so progressive that it’s almost maddening.


65 posted on 04/05/2008 11:08:21 AM PDT by fella (Is he al-taquiya or is he murtadd? Only his iman knows for sure.)
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To: kellynla
I'm not surprised certain people are above the law in this country. I wonder if they also don't have to file taxes.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

66 posted on 04/05/2008 3:57:08 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

oooooooh I would think most file...like everyone who does file though, they just do all they can to pay as little tax as possible...unless they’re planning to run for POTUS. LOL
But with only half of Americans paying federal income taxes, I am for eliminating the federal income tax and the I.R.S. and replacing it with a national sales tax.


67 posted on 04/05/2008 4:08:38 PM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: Zack Attack

The “on the way to a vote” excuse is specifically guaranteed to Representatives and Senators in the U.S. Constitution.


68 posted on 04/08/2008 11:33:29 AM PDT by billakay
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To: kellynla; SoCal Pubbie

Story appears to be coming up on J&K KFI Los Angeles


69 posted on 04/08/2008 4:43:06 PM PDT by dragnet2
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Bttt............. on KFI now.


70 posted on 04/08/2008 4:55:16 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: kellynla

Everyone is equal. Some are more equaler than others.


71 posted on 04/08/2008 5:02:21 PM PDT by Rocky
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To: kellynla
Just damn.....The Register is doing some good work....was listening to KFI today regarding what they are digging up on the Sheriff....
72 posted on 04/09/2008 8:03:18 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
I don't get the opportunity to listen to much talk radio.
How ‘bout those license plates!
Is that outrageous or what!
And they're talking about expanding the program...not get this...veterinarians? !!!
73 posted on 04/09/2008 8:18:05 PM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: kellynla

If I thought we had a limited supply of idiots to run for office I would be for term limits.


74 posted on 04/09/2008 8:27:13 PM PDT by ThomasThomas ( Sometimes you need to change to remain the same.)
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To: muir_redwoods

Because the wacko liberals out here are not as stuck up and conceited as those New England liberals.


75 posted on 04/09/2008 8:32:56 PM PDT by ThomasThomas ( Sometimes you need to change to remain the same.)
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To: ThomasThomas
I've had a Connecticut concealed carry permit for 25 years, how long have you had one from California?

It's bad here but it's not California bad.

76 posted on 04/10/2008 2:09:25 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Free Sirhan Sirhan, after all, the bastard who killed Mary Jo Kopechne is walking around free)
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