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Got my Thank you for your Service Lic Plate

  1. Sep 15, 2010 #1
    Got my "Thank you for your Service" Lic Plate

    today I got my state Disabled Veteran Tag. Not for vanity reasons, though alot of veterans get various veterans tags for that purpose. I have nothing against it.

    But the DAV tag and a few others have a very special purpose, and why they have very strict requirements.

    I call it the "Thank you for your service" benefit. Police will not cite you for traffic violations. They will stop you and give you a warning, then hand you back your license and say "Thank you for your service".

    In the odd case I get a ticket, I just call the Attorney Generals office and they won't prosecute.

    My wife has never gotten a ticket.. the woman thing. No I don't either. Ha.
     
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  3. Sep 15, 2010 #2

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    :approve: Wear it (well, display it) proudly! Thank you, airborne18.
     
  4. Sep 15, 2010 #3

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    They don't charge you for traffic violations? And how does that work? Or is it simply something they do because of the tag?
     
  5. Sep 15, 2010 #4

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    My father was legally blinded in WWII when he was hit in the face with shrapnel. He was completely blind in one eye and had a pinhole vision in the other eye and drove to work until his early death, staying to back roads. He never got a special plate, is that something you have to request, or is that something new? He died when he was 53.
     
  6. Sep 15, 2010 #5
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    Wow, sorry to hear about that. They vary from state to state and I can't speak to how long, but some states have had them forever. You have to specifically request them, and I don't know about all states, but most should have one.

    Though back then the VA was worthless. Did your father ever fight it with the VA? The VA has to approve these plates, and alot of vets from that era didn't want anything to do with the VA.

    In some states it is a special handicap tag, and in others it is simply a tag designating status as a Disabled Veteran. I can imagine that states who combine it with the Handicap Tag probably didn't have it that long, because handicap tags really are a newer concept. Was there handicap parking before the 1970's? That is when I remember seeing them pop up, but I am only 43.

    They usually have special plates for Medal of Honor, POW, Silver Star, and Purple Heart reciepents.
    But the 4 I mentioned all get special treatment with most police along with the disabled veteran.
     
  7. Sep 15, 2010 #6
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    Thanks lisa. I actually thought of making a style out of it, like a rapper, but a big chain on it and wear it around. Not kidding. My wife said NO.

    My wife has to put up with alot of my quirks. Luckily my daughter is back at college. That was actually my real reason for leaving the house. To visit my daughter up at UofD. She need some things from home. This is her second year of Comp Eng. There are not many females in the EE or CE program. Half of them left the major at the end of the freshman year. There are only 2 left in the CE program. And after this semester the other female might change majors, so my daughter will be the sole survior.
     
  8. Sep 15, 2010 #7
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    I have gotten out of them without the tag, once they realize I am a disabled vet they typically would just warn me that I was pushing it a bit.

    You realize that Police never get tickets? They call it professional courtesy. It is the same thing really.

    But even if I would get a ticket the state will not prosecute them, unless it was something really out there. Like driving 100 in a 15 mph.. ( last time I was stopped I missed that it was a school zone. I was doing 50 in a school zone. It was not intentional and I felt bad.. But I never got a ticket once the officer saw all of my VA stuff all over the seat and realized I was a disabled vet ).

    It is not a license to steal, and there are things it will not get me out of, but normal traffic tickets, yes.
     
  9. Sep 15, 2010 #8

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    He really should have not had a drivers license to be honest. He had friends in the police department that got the vision test waved, so he did have a valid driver's license, and he went only on back streets probably never going above 25 MPH. But he never had a special tag. Perhaps he didn't want to make anyone aware he had a license.

    My family is all military, I lived in condemned substandard military housing for 3 years during the vietnam war while married to my first husband. I have the highest regard for our men and women that serve our country. I'm sorry to hear that you were disabled. We as a country do not do enough for our wounded.
     
  10. Sep 15, 2010 #9

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    Ah I'm with you.

    Sounds good, should display it proudly!
     
  11. Sep 16, 2010 #10
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    I can second that opinion in the Indian context. Its very sad and angers me a lot to see that when there's an armed conflict, the whole country supports the armed forces, but as soon as its over and the press has something better to talk about, we, as a society forget. Soldiers need to know that the people they risk their lives for give appreciate and greatly value their efforts in the first place.
     
  12. Sep 16, 2010 #11

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    I hope you're kidding, otherwise that's ridiculous: because you fought in a war you now get to be above the law? And not only that, you proudly advertise that the only reason you want this "honour" is so you can openly bypass the law? What a weird country.
     
  13. Sep 16, 2010 #12
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    Nope, not kidding. Well you are understating it just a smidge. I am permently disabled.

    And why not, police let people off on tickets every day. Other police, women they think are cute. So why not me?
     
  14. Sep 16, 2010 #13

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    Ok, but the fact that you are permanently disabled, while obviously a terrible thing to have happen, shouldn't be an automatic ticket to immunity. You seem to be touting it like it is.
     
  15. Sep 16, 2010 #14

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    You would be surprised just what certain people can get away with. Same with EMS and firefighters - there are some things cops will look away from, and we will look away from certain things cops do. Military has those perks because a lot of cops are reservists
     
  16. Sep 16, 2010 #15

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    Yep, that's true. But when a cop does that, he does so at his own peril. If he were to allow a drunk driver to "just drive home" as a professional courtesy to a fellow cop, and that drunk kills someone...the cop that allowed it is in big big big trouble.

    So when they let things slide, it's usually small things.

    http://www.seattlepi.com/specials/undueinfluence/326602_favorsbear07.html" [Broken]they recognize each other. I gotta get me one of those!
     
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  17. Sep 16, 2010 #16

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    Well Ive seen drunk firemen driven home by the cop with just a warning, Ive seen cops rough up a perp and then ask EMS to write in report that they found him that way. Its all like an X Files episode. There is enough plausible deniability for the case to just not stick. Often a beaten up perp wont even remember what happened. The cops dont get paid enough for the crappy job they get to do and the shield suppliments in other ways
     
  18. Sep 16, 2010 #17

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    From the OP's arguments, it seems that every veteran is eligible for one of these get out of jail free cards.
     
  19. Sep 16, 2010 #18

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    It's not a get out of jail free card. Every disabled veteran is eligible to get a tag that says he's a disabled veteran. The only legal benefit might be a reduced registration fee or preferential parking. A cop's decision to not cite a guy for a minor moving violation because he has such a tag is each individual cop's decision. If you're weaving in and out of traffic at 130 while legally intoxicated, no cop is going to let you go regardless of who you are (except maybe if you're also a cop).

    For what it's worth, when you're still in the service and driving on post, the MPs will cite you for the exact letter of the law, such as doing 36 in a 35 zone, or failing to come to a complete stop for a full 3 seconds at a stop sign. So you catch it both ways.
     
  20. Sep 16, 2010 #19

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    If you donate to the Police Benefits Association (at least in NJ) they give you a sticker you put on your windshield and it has a similar effect. My dad was pulled over going 50 when the limit was 35 and they ended up saying they pulled him over because they mistakenly thought his seat belt was unbuckled or something stupid
     
  21. Sep 16, 2010 #20
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    I dont think the poster was 'touting' anything. Your comment is rather one-sided and to be honest a bit nasty. The guy is permanently disabled for serving his country and so I think he deserves some recognition for this at least! Its really not very nice of you to rain on his parade like this.
     
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