Florida You Suck!!!
Because I needed to take a moment away from the killing of black people who posed no threat. Murdered by police officers for committing heinous crimes like breaking down on the road, and reading books. I’ll turn momentarily to a new law that exists for no purpose other than to extort citizens of more money. And will no doubt be unfairly applied against minorities and the poor.
Florida had a law that indicated nothing could be placed on your plate that obscured the tag numbers and the word, “Florida.” In July the law changed to where “all writing” must be visible including the website address “MyFlorida.Com.” Local police and state troopers have begun pulling over cars with MyFlorida.Com even partially obscured and issuing tickets for $114. I have a friend who was able to avoid the ticket, only because he had the tools handy to remove the offending cover in the presence of in this case the Orange County Sheriff Deputy that pulled him over.
You might reasonably ask, what kinds of things are people putting on their cars that cover wording on their plates? Many car dealers sell you cars with a license holder with their name on it. $114 ticket. Gator fan, Seminole fan, like the University of Miami? $114 ticket. Show your support for fighting breast cancer, Planned Parenthood. $114 ticket. Suppose you wish to Make America Great Again? Twice the fine would be justified in that case but I digress.
And how will this tool be used? It will lead to more traffic stops which historically have targeted minorities. That’s all we need is more confrontations with police. How could that go wrong? Where are the right-wing groups who rail against new taxes of any kind? This fine is a tax and will be levied against those least able to afford it.
I wonder what state legislator (or was it you Governor Rick Scott) woke up one day with the need to keep MyFlorida.com safe from being partially obscured? How did they determine that $114 was the amount that people should pay for website obfuscation? How did Florida notify people of the change in the law? Did they tell car dealers, University bookstores, stadiums and all the places that provide or sell these tag holders? Is this an effort to force people to buy vanity tags if they want to support a team or an effort?
This sucks. Gov. Rick Scott, you suck. If you think this needs to be changed and you’re a Florida resident. Contact Rick Scott and tell him he sucks.
Office of Governor Rick Scott
State of Florida
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001