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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

California's Experience With Shielding Police Identities

This very interesting story describes how almost one million California police officers and other government workers get to have their identities shielded from license plate registration information. In other words, the license plate says it is registered to an undisclosed person.

Undercover police and judges--that would make sense. But almost one million? From 1,800 agencies, including museum guards? Museum guards?

The result is that one million people can't get tickets for failing to pay tolls, having only person in HOV lanes, parking violations, or running red lights in camera-equipped intersections. That would be cool.

Oh, and the state wants $8,442 to provide the records merely showing the number of identity-shielded license plates.