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June 30, 2008


Vanity_plates_cropped.jpg Los Angeles, CA – On July 1, a new law requiring California drivers to use a hands-free device when making calls on cell phones takes effect. Unfortunately, vanity license plates such as “BORN2ACT” and “TRYRICH” will still be legal.

California driver Monica Purdy doesn't have a problem with the new cell phone law but continues to be disturbed by egomaniacal license plates. “Just yesterday I was behind a plate that said ‘2GOOD4U.’ I can’t tell you what that did to me. I went into an absolute rage because no he wasn’t, y’know? To me, that’s the real danger.”

The new cell phone law presents an incredibly low risk for those who break it. A first-time offense is just a $20 fine with no points added to an offender’s driving record, and text messaging and emailing is still perfectly legal while driving. Having a license plate that says “1WTHGOD” on the other hand has no legal ramifications but could inspire very illegal action. “I automatically wish that person was dead,” said UCLA student Ted Stolzman.

Full-time mother Linda Wertzler believes vanity plates are a huge safety issue for her family. “Please, with three kids in my car at all times I’m thrilled about the cell phone business. But, I don’t see how I can drive my kids to school behind someone with the plate IMBLIZT or TRPNBLZ and feel comfortable.”
Oddly, those with vanity plates are the most opposed to the new cell phone law. 48 year-old Linda Hedley aka “SXYGRL” was quite angry. “I’m not changing my lifestyle.  I’m in the middle of an awful divorce and have constant calls to my lawyer and my boyfriend. If I got pulled over, I would just plead emergency cell phone rights.”  When told there was no such thing as emergency rights, she said, “Then I plead Bill of Rights.”