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Old 02-21-2013, 11:41 AM
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Somewhere in Montgomery County....

.... there is a purple Mazda 3 running around impersonating my beloved (and decidedly more red than purple) Miata. Whilst running red lights.



Thank you to the very nice lady in the Vehicle Mismatch department for figuring out that the alpha characters on the plate from the red light camera are actually CE, not CC.

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Old 02-21-2013, 04:32 PM
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It's bad enough getting fined when you actually do speed or run red lights in the Peoples Republic of MD.
Truly insulting to be notified for someone else's aggressive driving. Glad you were able to speak with somebody who could see!
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:14 AM
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Hooray for any victory of common sense in the Peoples' Republic.
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:48 AM
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That's one heck of a coincidence! What do the alpha characters signify? Are they randomly generated or do they represent a particular registration type (passenger car, combination, commercial, etc.)?

And WOW! You got to talk to a competent DMV employee?
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:50 AM
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That's one heck of a coincidence! What do the alpha characters signify? Are they randomly generated or do they represent a particular registration type (passenger car, combination, commercial, etc.)?

And WOW! You got to talk to a competent DMV employee?
The letters are not significant, but they are sequential. From what I can find, the Bay Plate (specialty plate with a blue heron, extra fees go to Chesapeake Bay Fund) was XXXXX C/B (Chesapeake Bay), then XXXXX B/Y (Bay), then XXXXX CA, XXXXX CC, XXXXX CD, XXXXX CE.

So the Mazda 3's plate was the 20,000th Bay Plate issued after mine

And, matter of fact, all my dealings with MVA (our version of DMV) here in Maryland have been pleasant - some down right enjoyable. Haven't encountered a single employee that wasn't competent, polite, and professional (I've been to both the Frederick and Germantown offices).
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Old 02-22-2013, 12:31 PM
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The letters are not significant, but they are sequential. From what I can find, the Bay Plate (specialty plate with a blue heron, extra fees go to Chesapeake Bay Fund) was XXXXX C/B (Chesapeake Bay), then XXXXX B/Y (Bay), then XXXXX CA, XXXXX CC, XXXXX CD, XXXXX CE.

So the Mazda 3's plate was the 20,000th Bay Plate issued after mine

And, matter of fact, all my dealings with MVA (our version of DMV) here in Maryland have been pleasant - some down right enjoyable. Haven't encountered a single employee that wasn't competent, polite, and professional (I've been to both the Frederick and Germantown offices).
That's only what "they" want you to think. The letters are coded to a transducer attached to your vehicle so the drones can track you. Running a red light will soon be a capital offense with justice swiftly administered by stealth drones. You will just disappear--and no one will know why....

Yep--that's the Peoples' Republic i9n the "Free" State.
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:08 PM
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An in person visit to the MVA on Clopper Rd on a busy day near month-end can be quite an eye opening experience. Quite an interesting blend of humanity shows up close to the deadlines.
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:43 PM
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So can a week end evening in the emergency room of any metro area hospital---but I'd rather not...
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:06 PM
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Very good comparison!
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:10 PM
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So can a week end evening in the emergency room of any metro area hospital---but I'd rather not...
It is even worse if there is a confluence of a warm night, a full moon and the welfare checks came out ---- all the same day.

Just anyone that works in the ER or the police Department. lolz
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Old 02-23-2013, 07:22 AM
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It is even worse if there is a confluence of a warm night, a full moon and the welfare checks came out ---- all the same day.

Just anyone that works in the ER or the police Department. lolz
I was in the ER at Montgomery General in Olney, MD on a night like that several years ago.

The head nurse that night made a huge impression on me with her ability to handle excessively stressful situations.

Drunks, dopers, and chronic pain sufferers seeking meds seemed to be the majority and most obnoxious customers.

Screaming children accompanied by a mother & several siblings with non-life threatening conditions seemed to rank second.

Several DIY'ers with self inflicted wounds of one sort or another. (Me included )

A small percentage of very old & frail people, most by themselves. Various conditions, non of which were obvious as I lay & waited my turn. These folks arrived in ambulances, presumably from nursing homes. Very sad.

I'm determined to stay the hell out of that place!

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