Let me just start off by saying that, as an avid motorcycle rider in New York State, I, as well as other motorcyclists, see things that regular drivers will never notice. This particular post, or issue that I’d like to address, all stems from an incident two years ago in Scarsdale on Central Avenue.
The actual photos in this post have nothing whatsoever to do with this actual story however.
While cruising up past the candlelight, a car came out of their driveway and never looked at the northbound side traffic. Being in the right lane, I said to myself “even if he decides to cut over ignoring the fact that I was driving up could he possibly veer right into my lane?” He did.
The rear of his vehicle skimmed my front tire causing me to suddenly and abruptly cut my tire and let the bike go. As I stood up all I cared about was getting his plate so I can identify who the driver was. But I never forget, all I saw was gray shiny plastic. The same gray shiny plastic that you see on so many cars nowadays, driving the roadways trying to beat the red light cameras and get free tolls over the George Washington, Tappan Zee and other assorted roadways. From this day on I had a special place in my heart for people who try to obscure their license plates and even then top it off with illegal tinted windows.
And there’s even been an alternate tactic for people “too cheap” to even buy the plastic shields available on the Internet for about $40. It’s a method where they literally peel a layer of the license plate off so that the paint on the numbers becomes completely illegible.
I’ve shown some examples hear of cars that I’ve crossed paths with. Any pictures I’m showing here are a result of motorist that’s done something weird, stupid or illegal.
There’s one thing I know for sure, everyone I’ve met that has either dark tinted windows with New York plates (without special DMV permission) or obscures the license plates, has some other issue going on other than just trying to beat the system.
Every time I cross the Tappan Zee bridge, I think about the money that it cost to build it, and then wonder if everyone was using plate blockers or peeling the paint off the license plates, who would pay for the bridge? And for those drivers that do those things because they want to beat the red lights, what would be the sense of anyone ever waiting for red lights at that point? And what would be the difference between a red light and green light?