We may not be able to count chads, but we sure can count license plates - auto tags. In addition to the regular tag, and some variations on it (Pearl Harbor Survivor, Ex-POW, Nat’l Guard, etc.) we have more that fifty “specialty” tags. These tags cost $15 to $25 more than the regular tag, and some of the extra money goes to the sponsoring organization. There are a long list of requirements, but they don’t seem to be stemming the tide of new tags. Go to http://www.hsmv.state.fl.us/specialtytags/ Currently, we have 10 “environment” tags - manatees, dolphins, the Everglades, panthers, etc.; 14 Univeristy tags, one for each of the 10 in the State University System, plus 4 more private schools; 11 for pro sports teams in the state - 3 NFL, 2 each NBA, NHF, MLBaseball, and Arena Football; and 16 “miscellaneous” designs - Challenger (shuttle) memorial, Keep Kids off Drugs, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the Arts, and so on. For some of these designs, there are multiple versions in circulation, because a new design comes out, but tags stay on cars about 5 years. Also when the University of Fla. or Fla. State U. win National (football) championships, they get a special design for the next year.
Seems to me this makes it really hard for law enforcement, some of the designs are hard to read. But identifying the home state would seem difficult, especially as other states jump on the bandwagon.
Opinions - Is this out of hand? Which of our tags do you like? Dislike?
Me — Like - Florida A&M - really cool rattler
— Dislike - Florida Arts - impossible to read, design has nothing to do with Florida, would be just as at home anywhere.
Suggestion - just give a plate with numbers on it, and a box of crayons.