Not Everyone Does Things the Way We Do Them Around Here

I got a ticket on my car this morning — a $50 ticket for “Missing Rear or Front Plate” with “Front” circled. My car, by the way, isn’t really my car — I’m borrowing it from my brother and that’s why it’s registered in Tennessee.

Tennessee, and I’m guessing you can see where this is going, only requires a single plate, on the rear. So there is no plate on the front of the car on purpose. So now I get to have the fun of contesting the ticket by mail with printouts of Tennessee state code. Whee!

6 Comments so far

  1. el moco (unregistered) on August 29th, 2007 @ 5:58 am

    believe it or not, but my experience with the city about this sort of thing was pretty good. i got 4 tickets in the span of 7 days for not having a front plate, after having ordered a new one almost a month before. the tickets were dismissed (all of them!!) because i had proof that i had ordered new ones.

    hopefully you’ll get it cleared up!!!

  2. pk (unregistered) on August 29th, 2007 @ 8:14 am

    ChiPD seems to pick and choose when they care about this. i have an illinois plate on the front of my car in an out of date design, but the correct plate number (it’s pretty much fused to my bumper thanks to winter weather).

    every once in a while i get that same ticket, and it’s always a crapshoot as to whether i get away with contesting.

  3. Dan Telfer (unregistered) on August 29th, 2007 @ 9:02 am

    Yeah, Victoria (that’s my wife-then-girlfriend) used to have a car with a Michigan plate. Same deal, same tickets from idiot cops. You really have to check up on whether your contention was accepted or not. Not only did they not approve all of them, but they didn’t tell us when they weren’t, and eventually they booted the car for it. We took it to court and won, but it was amazing how determined the cops and the system were to make us pay for it.

  4. Dave! (unregistered) on August 29th, 2007 @ 9:09 am

    When I first moved to Chicago, I got waived over by a traffic cop who came up and bellowed at me, “Where’s your front plate?!!” I starred blankly and said, “In Indiana, where I’m from, we only get one plate.” He just looked at me and then yelled, “Move along!” :)

  5. tricia (unregistered) on August 29th, 2007 @ 10:27 am

    I have never HEARD of something so stupid. We only get one plate, too. Anyone that has front plates here, well they say rednecky things on them, things that make me proud to be a Southerner. You know I’m joking, right? It may be a good thing when Disco gets the money pit back, don’t you think??

  6. Erin (unregistered) on August 29th, 2007 @ 11:08 am

    We lost our front plate, and now we’re getting regular $50 tickets when we park in certain places.

    In order to get a new plate, you have to send in a written letter to request a printed form, and then you have to mail the form back with a $6 check. It has been MONTHS. They cashed my check, but no plate yet…

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