The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Society in decades past was judgemental, and people lived in fear of what their neighbors would think of them. But we live in more enlightened times. Right?

Q: How is the Highway Patrol's program going regarding out-of-state license plates? My neighbor has rubbed his Idaho plates in my face for over a year and a half. Are they finding success with the crackdown or is it safe for me to bring out my Nevada plates? . . . A car in my neighborhood has been driving around with New York plates for four or five years now. In August 2004, I went to the CHP Web site and filled out the complaint form. I also filled it out again in October, and a third time in February. So far, nothing. What is taking the CHP so long to respond? Seems like eight months ought to be enough time to track them down and fine them. I get angry every time I see this car on the street on the way home.

Bill Mifsud, Harry Cooper and zillions more

A About a year ago, the CHP launched its CHEATERS program to target just such people. The response has been overwhelming -- too overwhelming, with more than 300 e-mails arriving each day. The state has so far netted around $1 million when these scofflaws finally register their cars in California. But there are so many scofflaws that a backlog now stretches several months.


Anyone who spots an out-of-state plate can report it anonymously to the CHP Web site at or write CHEATERS, California Highway Patrol, P.O. Box 942898, Sacramento, Calif. 94298. List the state in which the vehicle is registered, license number and date the vehicle was observed as well as its make.

I'm willing to bet that the owner of the Idaho plates does not actually remove his license plates every day to rub the embossed letters over his neighbor's face.

What's worse -- the people who snitch on their neighbors, or the newspaper columnist who tells them how?



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