My friend told me the thin blue line license plates are only obtainable by law enforcement and that unless a car with these plates/stickers was driving wrecklessly, other law enforcement members would look away for most driving infractions, including speeding.
This site , http://www.shopfrontlinedesigns.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=22&products_id=217 ,seems to verify her claim that only LE can obtain official products. Notice the disclaimer to the right requiring verification of current law enforcement status. A quick search on google turned up this site, http://www.policeworld.net/vb/archive/index.php?t-4901.html , where toward the bottom La. Officer says (and I paraphrase) that these tags/stickers don’t get you special treatment but if he stops you and you have them and you aren’t LE he’s gonna write you up for whatever he can----which to me is a very clear indication that the official thin blue line products do get you special treatment. I’m guessing that La. Officer would not have stopped a person with these plates unless they had been driving wrecklessly.
Are these tags ethical? I believe they are not. They foster an “us” versus “them” feeling. They engender a feeling that justice is not blind; that, as the pigs said in ANIMAL FARM, “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others”.
I thought about putting this in Great Debates but there isn’t anything great about it, and I’m not really a debater ----just wanted other opinions.