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January 3rd, 2007
02:06 pm
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I've only been up for two hours ... and already I've visited both of my jobs, done work at each, and talked my way out of a ticket in a police stop.

Not bad for my day off. ;-p

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Date:January 3rd, 2007 10:36 pm (UTC)
I am mesmerized by your icon.
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Date:January 4th, 2007 12:05 am (UTC)
Wish I could take credit for it; I swiped it from elsewhere on LJ and was only able to track its original provenance back to somewhere on the b3ta forums. Ain't it spiffy, though?

(Plus, it tiles!)
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Date:January 3rd, 2007 11:16 pm (UTC)
congrats on talking your way past a copper....
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Date:January 4th, 2007 12:14 am (UTC)

As they say, "the rest of the story"

Thanks! The really amusing part is that I didn't talk my way out of a traffic ticket ... I talked my way out of a fix-it ticket. And/or getting my car towed.

Policeman: "Hey, fella. I pulled you over because your registration ..."
Me: "Man, I thought I'd put that on." (pulls sticker from glove box)
Policeman: ".... Oh."
Me: (smiles disarmingly) "Sorry for the inconvenience."
Policeman: "Well, you're the one who's being inconvenienced here, you might want to put that on. So ... uh ... yeah. You, um, got your license handy?"
Me: "Sure, here it is."
Policeman: "Alright. Then I guess I'm going to head off now and completely fail to ask you for your insurance card, especially since your car insurance expired several months ago and you are thus driving illegally. Have a good day!"

(... Some portions of this conversation have been altered for dramatic license.)
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Date:January 4th, 2007 12:37 am (UTC)

Re: As they say, "the rest of the story"

How's it done in the States? In the UK we have a Tax Disc in the windscreen (or a Statutory Off Road Notice, if the car is 100% off the public road, if it isn't 100% an SORN isn't any good)
The Tax Disc needs a special form and proof of Insurance / Ministry of Transport roadworthiness test to get it.
How is the registration (is that tax?) and insurance card displayed over there? (sorry, never driven in the US)
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Date:January 4th, 2007 02:06 am (UTC)

Re: As they say, "the rest of the story"

Pretty similar. It varies by state. In California (where he and I both live) the sticker is square rather than a disk, and you do, indeed end up carrying the registration (a floppy piece of paper) in addition to the license plate.

Proof of insurance is a piece of paper with insurance information on it. In theory, I suppose, the cop can check with the DMV (deparment of motor vehicles) for the insurance, but I'm not sure exactly how that's supposed to work since I've printed 'proof of insurance' on the office deskjet before.

Notably, driving w/o registration is not a 'fix-it' ticket. Since the vehicle was registered (just the sticker missing), and you were carrying proof he was, essentially, golden in that regard anyway.
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