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notify a driver of a physical danger or hazard with their vehicle Hazard
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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

Front Plates

In IL we have to have front plates on the vehicles. Have you ever noticed how many cars do not have them?

I was driving in Chicago and noticed even some CPD cars running around without them. Makes you wonder.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007


Thursday, May 10, 2007

It is a law in Illinois.  I got pulled over once (had a beater car when I was about 17, didn't we all?) and got a warning because my plate wasn't attached to my car.  The bracket was broken and I had my plate shoved between the dashboard and my windshield inside my car so it would be visible.  That was the only reason the cop pulled me over.  I'm glad I didn't get a ticket though.  I'm wondering why it's a law in some states and not others, like Indiana?


Monday, May 14, 2007

I have seen state police cars with no plates on them and parked on the public way. 


Friday, May 11, 2007

 Here were some reasons I heard (recently)...

Originally it was to show that we had paid our dues to drive (why we have plates)

Because of the size and population, the requirement is to have a front plate so a car can be recognized coming and going (why we have two plates)

But I am sure if I googled for a few moments I could find out why...because yes, I know it is the law, but recently, since a lot of squads are being replaced, I have seen the front plates not on all the time...but you would never see that on a state car, if you do, the bumper is probably missing :)


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