PlateWire United States
{the voice of the road}

What is PlateWire?

PlateWire is a public repository and electronic forum of drivers by drivers. Using a drivers license plate, commuters can communicate their thoughts and feelings in regards to driving on today's roadways.

Award a good driver for their good deed Award
flag or warn a bad driver of their bad action Flag
notify a driver of a physical danger or hazard with their vehicle Hazard
send a flirtacious message to a driver you liked Wink

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Award Flag Wink Hazard

To "Award" a driver, is to say thanks to a driver for showing courtesy and thoughtfulness.

To "Flag" a driver, is to warn a driver of his/her rude and/or careless behavior that you have witnessed.

To "Wink" at a driver, is to send a flirtacious message to a driver you've encountered.

To "Hazard" a driver is to warn them of a physical hazard that their vehicle exhibits.

DDD 2009

About PlateWire

PlateWire was started by a commuter who endured a grueling HOV carpool from Fairfax to Arlington 5 days a week. For those unfamiliar with 66, it is more like a parking lot during rush hour traffic. After coming close to being involved in 5 separate collisions on one fateful ride home from work, I had an idea. With very little capital to get started, I began the task, to make people more accountable for their actions on the roadways in one forum or another. It has become an all too common fact that the only time people straighten up and drive safe is when there is a police car near by; a prime example of a society driven by fear. Adopting that same mentality, PlateWire intends to grow large enough to become a real deterrent to unsafe driving habits. My goal is to bring awareness to bad drivers so they become aware of the dangers associated with the aggressive driving they have become accustomed to. So join in, vent your rage, and let us all do our part to make the roads safer.

Good day and a thanks to all!

The overwhelming positive response we have received today is absolutely wonderful! We would like to extend our warmest regards to those who have taken the time to visit our site and send us their thoughts.

As you can see we are currently in the midst of upgrading, so please excuse the mess. The site should be up to full functionality before the end of the week.

For those of you who aren't new to the site, we have lots of great new features in store.

We have been working tirelessly to research different mechanisms to further implement and enhance the value of PlateWires' usefulness. Some of the crowd that oppose our website (The minority, our percentage of positive response is well over 90%), claim that there is nothing we can do curb road rage or carelessness. We couldn't disagree more!

We believe that rage and courtesy go hand in hand. If you as a driver are treated rudely by someone, you are more likely to take that frustration out on someone else, especially if you are already experiencing stress, an almost daily fact for many of us. So our basic principle is simple, if we can help people to be more aware of their unsafe habits, become self-accountable for their actions, and then we have made a difference.

Please continue the feedback, we love to hear from you and will do our best to answer everyone. I will return to blogging about our progress on

Be safe,
November 20th 2006 Mark Buckman



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