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Distracting Naughty Vehicle License Plates

California sesquicentennial license plate

California sesquicentennial license plate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Personalized license plates offer vehicles the opportunity to stand out from a sea of mundane state issued license plane numbers. Applying for a personalized plate varies from state to state and often takes a special committee from the Department of Motor Vehicles to accept the requested plates. These committees are in place to ensure that the context of the plates is neither offensive towards the general public, nor deceptive towards Federal records. Considering that hundreds of thousands of applications are submitted every year to the DMV for approval there are always a few clever messages that manage to make it onto the public roads to be seen by everyday commuters. Some of these plates make it onto blog websites and news stories; others can cause car accidents and the need for a car accident lawyer.



Various causes and organizations for the greater good benefit from the personalized license plates. Organizations such as universities, fire departments, arts council, coastal commissions, and causes such as memorial foundations receive money to help keep their organization going. The money comes from an extra fee that is charged when the applicant requests the personalized plate. Money obtained from Memorial License plates for example; help law enforcement fight threats of terrorism statewide, those purchased in California help California. It also offers applicants another platform for creativity when authoring their plate. A “Horrible License” blog shows how a Michigan state plate with an “S” for State incorporated the words “ATAN”. In a lifted off-road truck from Hawaiian its plate reads “RNM OVR” with a rainbow in the background which stands for “Run ‘Em Over”.

There is an ample amount of possibilities to form “questionable formulations”. Committees of up to twenty DMV staff gather monthly for an hour to review suspicious applications. Whilst there are programs that prescreen submissions, human review is necessary. Deceptive plates such as “FBI”, “0o0o0o0” and “NO TAG” are banned statewide along with the sexual, racial, and excretory and drug reference messages. The plate pre-screening program works from a database of already rejected plate names such as: GAY, IPUNCHU, DMYANKI, WILDPIG, MIERDA and TOILET.

English: Personalized license plate from Swede...

English: Personalized license plate from Sweden Македонски: Персонализирана табличка од Шведска (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some states are more permissive than others. Depending on their culture they will allow messages other states will not. Florida DMV takes a permissive stance towards the celebration of nudity allowing names like: O2B NUDE, BARE ALL and BE NAKED while disallowing names like “4NICK8” and “CAT BUTT”

California can be more permissive, granted that there is a legitimate reason behind the choosing of the name for the plate. If the reason justifies the name of the plate while not breaking any statewide banned rules, it is usually granted.

Sometimes the cleverest of plates slip through committees and filtering computer systems such as “370H55V” in Virginia, to get the message, the plate has to be read upside-down. Such plates, while they contribute to philanthropic causes can be distracting to other drivers who are busy moving their eyes off the road and shifting their attention to decipher the plates. In case of a car accident, contact a Bakersfield car accident lawyer (BKRSFLD or BKRSLAW) who can help you get back on your feet and fight to help you win the compensation that you need.

A self-made mockup of a personalized specialty...

A self-made mockup of a personalized specialty license plate used as a fund raiser for the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



California Reducing Injury Deaths

California certainly deserves accolades for outscoring most U.S. states in the latest injury related deaths and having a low number of fatalities related to injuries per “The Facts Hurt: A State by State Injury Prevention Report”. California ranked fourth as the state with the least amount of injury related deaths and scored a nine out of ten in injury prevention with only one other state.



There were two areas that the study examined, the first was Injury prevention. This was determined on a state by state basis regarding a gamut of ten safety type questions. These questions include: seat belts as a primary law; drunk driving prevention; universal helmet law required for all riders; booster seats required for children up to age eight; bicycle requirements for all children; intimate partner violence- allowing people in dating relationships to get protection orders; teen dating violence – received an “A” in the Break the Cycle Report (CA got an A, NY got a B); have a strong concussion law; have an active prescription drug monitoring program; and E-codes.
The next section the report studied was deaths due to injury per 100,000 people. California ranked fourth to last at 47.6 deaths per 100,000 people; New Jersey had the least deaths at 36.1 and New Mexico had the most at 97.8. The nation’s rate is 57.9 deaths per 100,000 Americans who die in injury-related fatalities.

According to the press release by Safe States Alliance more than 50 million Americans incur medical injuries each year. Injuries are preventable occurrences that have a financial effect on the economy. There are about 2.8 million Americans who are hospitalized every year for injury related reasons. They generate about $406 billion in lifetime medical costs and lost productivity. About 12,000 children and teens die each year from deaths resulting in injury related incidents.

If you or someone you know is one of the nation’s 50 million Americans that are injured and need help, you could use support from a car accident lawyer. You need to contact The Accident Attorneys’ Group who provide their clients the expert legal help to win results in California and Bakersfield.

Bakersfield does what they can to keep their city safe with the use of law enforcement and other avenues. Feel confident that the Bakersfield car accident lawyer who represents you recognizes these issues from the inside and out. They are professionals who live in your communities and share your roads.

“The Facts Hurt: A State-By-State Injury Prevention Policy Report” was released by groups legitimately interested in ensuring the nation’s safety: The Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; and the leading injury prevention experts from the Safe States Alliance and the Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Prevention.


Car Strikes 9-Year-Old Girl and Uncle

Taft, CA – A car struck and injured two pedestrians, one of which was a young girl, when they attempt to cross the street near Bakersfield Saturday night.

Niece, Alcyone Stepney (1876-1952) by Millais

Niece, Alcyone Stepney (1876-1952) by Millais (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A man and his niece were crossing the street in between the crosswalk at Kern Street and English Street heading southbound on the west side of the intersection when a vehicle noticed them, then slammed the brakes to avoid the collision. Another vehicle allegedly traveling close behind it also slammed his brakes but the vehicle skidded into the sidewalk striking the man and his niece at about 9:00 p.m. Break dust and tire smoke filled the air while the man laid on the crosswalk trying to understand what happened.

Help was called and paramedics and ambulance crews arrived to assist the victims. The older man had received moderate injuries. The 9-year-old girl who was walking about received minor injuries. Both were transported to a local Bakersfield hospital for treatment.

Kern County firefighters assisted in clearing the scene and co-coordinating the treatment of the victims. From the injuries, it seems as if the man took the majority of the hit.

Family members arrived to the scene as well and according to identified the victims as Simon Maui and his niece Shannaney Iakopo.

The victims are expected to recover.

Police will investigate the scene and have not reported if they will issue any citations.

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You can feel confident that the Bakersfield car accident lawyer who represents you knows your concerns, and the issues you face with crowded roads, freeways, and highways that can lead to automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, bus accidents, and truck accidents. The car accident lawyer knows these issues from the inside and out as legal professionals and as citizens who share the road and live in your communities.


Car Hits Teen-Age Skateboarder in Bakersfield

Bakersfield, CA – A car hit a teen-aged man while he was riding his skateboard. The driver that hit the skateboarder fled the scene when the accident happened Tuesday night.

skateboarder in the air 2007

skateboarder in the air 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At about ten at night near Niles and kern Streets, the teen-aged skateboarder, a nineteen-year-old, was traveling east while a motorist was approaching westbound. The vehicle hit the skateboarder knocking him off his skateboard and onto the floor. He managed to catch a skewed glimpse of the vehicle when he was hit and howling with pain. According to Bakersfield Now, the vehicle was akin to a 1996 or 1997 maroon or red Toyota Camry.

The driver did not stop to help the fallen skateboarder who received moderate injuries, neither did the motorist recognize nor apologize for the incident. The vehicle fled the scene before police arrived or anyone stopped and questioned the driver.

Bakersfield police are on the lookout for anyone who fits the description of the vehicle per the victim. They are gathering clues and questioning vehicles that are similar in criteria. Damage to the vehicle might prove suspicious to the police and the driver might be taken in for questioning. The car might have damage to the passenger’s side mirror. Any leads can help the Bakersfield Police Department.

The skateboarder is expected to recover.

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