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 License plates with background paint removed from between letters & numbers??
The_Macallan  [Team Member]
3/22/2009 4:49:42 PM

What's with all the license plates with paint apparently removed or peeled away from the background between the numbers and letters????

It's just in the areas between the letters - not all the way around the plate.

I must see at least 2 or 3 a day like this.

It always seems to be the regular AZ license plate variety too.



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Dangler  [Team Member]
3/22/2009 6:34:56 PM
if it is what i think you are reffering too, its the paint peeling. The early batch of plates had a flawed paint scheme... lo and be hold out in the sun all day and finish started to peel. They addressed as the years went on but that's all ti is. Like the first run of Driver's Licsenses..
Hartley  [Member]
3/22/2009 7:08:13 PM
+1 - I saw something in the paper a while ago about this - if your plate is peeling, you can get another one just by asking.. but as long at the numbers are readable, you don't have to.
rob3220  [Member]
3/22/2009 7:19:03 PM
A new AZ MVD license plate will cost you five bucks. It could be free but I couldn't convince the lady behind the counter.
..and my 1997 drivers license rubbed off to the point I couldn't get thru the airport line. Forgot how much it cost, but replaced that too.
The_Macallan  [Team Member]
3/22/2009 8:16:14 PM
Originally Posted By rob3220:
A new AZ MVD license plate will cost you five bucks. It could be free but I couldn't convince the lady behind the counter.
..and my 1997 drivers license rubbed off to the point I couldn't get thru the airport line. Forgot how much it cost, but replaced that too.


Yeah, I got a DL in '97 too.

Within a couple years my picture looked like a big white blur.


A lot more than it normally does.
Primos  [Member]
3/23/2009 3:54:31 AM
I've been wondering the same thing, too. Are you sure it's just the paint rubbing/flaking off?
Some plates look like they've been buffed pretty good, and it makes the numbers unreadable at a distance at night.

Ocorvo  [Member]
3/23/2009 4:48:47 AM
Originally Posted By Primos:
I've been wondering the same thing, too. Are you sure it's just the paint rubbing/flaking off?
Some plates look like they've been buffed pretty good, and it makes the numbers unreadable at a distance at night.



Some of them are just old. Others have been altered by their owners to minimize the chances of a clear reflection in photo radar.
El_Ron  [Member]
3/23/2009 12:16:46 PM
Like everything the government touches, they're crap. Once upon time, license plates lasted 20, 30, 40, 50 years in the AZ sun. The transplant yankee politicians have remedied this.
Winston_Wolf  [Team Member]
3/23/2009 9:58:52 PM
... A bit of license-plate trivia:

Why, for decades until recently, did license plates have stamped raised characters?
Sheep  [Member]
3/23/2009 10:28:08 PM
People purposely spray cheap hair spray on certain spots, on and around the digits, doing this removes their reflective property. In an attempt to avoid photo radar issued tickets. At least that's what I've heard. I agree, I see them way to often for to not be deliberate.
mjrowley  [Team Member]
3/23/2009 10:39:51 PM
Originally Posted By Winston_Wolf:
... A bit of license-plate trivia:

Why, for decades until recently, did license plates have stamped raised characters?


Because prisoners made them?

IDK
The_Macallan  [Team Member]
3/23/2009 11:54:03 PM
Originally Posted By Winston_Wolf:
... A bit of license-plate trivia:

Why, for decades until recently, did license plates have stamped raised characters?


So blind people can read them?

ragedracer1977  [Team Member]
3/24/2009 1:20:09 AM

Originally Posted By Winston_Wolf:
... A bit of license-plate trivia:

Why, for decades until recently, did license plates have stamped raised characters?

I don't know the true answer, but here's my thought.

Up until recently, the technology to print lasting, reflective material onto a flat surface was not available at an affordable price. It was easier to stamp the numbers, then run a "roller" over them (the raised characters) with reflective paint.


Winston_Wolf  [Team Member]
3/24/2009 8:17:24 AM
... Trivia answers: negative on all accounts

Raised characters remain identifiable in the unfortunate event of a fiery consumption of the vehicle
GIHardBaller  [Member]
3/25/2009 1:39:52 PM
To those who have altered their plates, (I know Arfcom members don't) my son and his partner are looking for you and they will give you a ticket.
The_Macallan  [Team Member]
3/25/2009 1:53:25 PM
Originally Posted By GIHardBaller:
To those who have altered their plates, (I know Arfcom members don't) my son and his partner are looking for you and they will give you a ticket.

Civil union?





Thank your son and his partner for taking time to protect us from the dangers of nonreflective license plates. I feel so much freer and safer already just knowing that we're being protected from dangerous criminals with non-shiny license plates.

Ocorvo  [Member]
3/25/2009 2:26:10 PM
Originally Posted By Winston_Wolf:
... Trivia answers: negative on all accounts

Raised characters remain identifiable in the unfortunate event of a fiery consumption of the vehicle


Which happens frequently along the Maricopa/Pinal/Gila River borders...often the only way to figure out who the car belongs to without crawling all over looking for a VIN.


Oh, and Winston...the bolt logo avatar is cool and all, but I miss the "S"
SeanK1ng  [Member]
3/25/2009 3:03:17 PM
Originally Posted By Winston_Wolf:
... Trivia answers: negative on all accounts

Raised characters remain identifiable in the unfortunate event of a fiery consumption of the vehicle



So, why'd they go to the flat printed plates?

My guess is character recognition software can more easily scan flat 2 dimensional images instead of the raised ones....but that's me thinking with my tinfoil on.

Sean
mjrowley  [Team Member]
3/25/2009 4:38:04 PM
Originally Posted By GIHardBaller:
To those who have altered their plates, (I know Arfcom members don't) my son and his partner are looking for you and they will give you a ticket.


scary!
ragedracer1977  [Team Member]
3/25/2009 4:57:39 PM

Originally Posted By mjrowley:
Originally Posted By GIHardBaller:
To those who have altered their plates, (I know Arfcom members don't) my son and his partner are looking for you and they will give you a ticket.


scary!

I'm amazed! Arizona is 2nd in the WORLD in kidnappings, and the Police are worried about someone putting some spray blocker on their license plate.
The_Macallan  [Team Member]
3/25/2009 5:06:41 PM
Originally Posted By ragedracer1977:

Originally Posted By mjrowley:
Originally Posted By GIHardBaller:
To those who have altered their plates, (I know Arfcom members don't) my son and his partner are looking for you and they will give you a ticket.


scary!

I'm amazed! Arizona is 2nd in the WORLD in kidnappings, and the Police are worried about someone putting some spray blocker on their license plate.

Nonreflective license plates is the gateway crime to kidnapping.

We're here to nip it in the bud.






El_Ron  [Member]
3/25/2009 5:48:20 PM
Originally Posted By GIHardBaller:
To those who have altered their plates, (I know Arfcom members don't) my son and his partner are looking for you and they will give you a ticket.


Tell 'em the Sun altered my crap plate. What they gonna do 'bout dat?
mjrowley  [Team Member]
3/25/2009 5:57:08 PM
Originally Posted By El_Ron:
Originally Posted By GIHardBaller:
To those who have altered their plates, (I know Arfcom members don't) my son and his partner are looking for you and they will give you a ticket.


Tell 'em the Sun altered my crap plate. What they gonna do 'bout dat?


Shoot your dog?
El_Ron  [Member]
3/25/2009 6:50:50 PM
w3rd yo!














AZCOP  [Team Member]
3/25/2009 8:26:04 PM
Originally Posted By GIHardBaller:
To those who have altered their plates, (I know Arfcom members don't) my son and his partner are looking for you and they will give you a ticket.


Pathetic.

Jay

rob3220  [Member]
3/25/2009 9:40:15 PM
Originally Posted By GIHardBaller:
To those who have altered their plates, (I know Arfcom members don't) my son and his partner are looking for you and they will give you a ticket.


Better not touch my plate though, that's destruction of property.
mjrowley  [Team Member]
3/25/2009 11:07:53 PM
Originally Posted By AZCOP:
Originally Posted By GIHardBaller:
To those who have altered their plates, (I know Arfcom members don't) my son and his partner are looking for you and they will give you a ticket.


Pathetic.

Jay



Thank you, you are truly one of the good guys!
FightingHellfish  [Team Member]
3/27/2009 9:33:36 PM
Originally Posted By GIHardBaller:
To those who have altered their plates, (I know Arfcom members don't) my son and his partner are looking for you and they will give you a ticket.


Living vicariously through your son's license plate enforcement adventures?

AJFinn  [Member]
3/28/2009 3:27:38 AM
Originally Posted By FightingHellfish:
Originally Posted By GIHardBaller:
To those who have altered their plates, (I know Arfcom members don't) my son and his partner are looking for you and they will give you a ticket.


Living vicariously through your son's license plate enforcement adventures?




Father talking to his friends....

"Oh I remember back in the day we used to run the streets looking for major felons driving with faded out plates. We'd hook 'em and book 'em... give 'em a tune-up job, and then if they were lucky they'd still be alive to see the judge. Oh those were the days I tell ya."

The son interjects...
"Hey pops... you telling people about my work again? Damn it, you're not wearing your tin-foil hat. What'd I tell you would happen if you didn't wear it?" says the son.

(then the radio crackles...)
"Hey partner, let's roll... there's a VW Bus that just rolled past going 8 over and has faded plates... Dispatch 10-33... Officers in pursuit of a vehicle with faded plates. Vehicle tags are as follows Alpha Romeo Foxtrot Charlie Oscar Mike."




Sorry, just bored and thought it was kinda funny. Not bashing on GIHardBaller. Just killing time while working on a case. Ya'll stay safe and be careful out there!
El_Ron  [Member]
3/28/2009 7:20:09 PM
I demand to have the flakings of my cheap ass crap plate sent to the CSI lab to determine that they are not the result of one of those dumb ass sprays. Then I will sue for being insulted.
AZCOP  [Team Member]
3/28/2009 9:26:40 PM
Originally Posted By AJFinn:
Sorry, just bored and thought it was kinda funny


Actually, it is funny, but only because there actually are cops out there who think a faded or covered license plate is that important.

Jay
EL_TIRADOR  [Team Member]
3/30/2009 12:30:23 AM
Originally Posted By GIHardBaller:
To those who have altered their plates, (I know Arfcom members don't) my son and his partner are looking for you and they will give you a ticket.


If that's your sons priority, then he's a tool like his father!

....um well, by definition...a tool serves a purpose...so maybe I'm wrong!

On topic - I assumed the fading was the result of sprays to prevent photo enforcement. Have any of you tried the spray? Did your plate fade?

Dave
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