A lot of companies are making (or at least trying to make) money these days selling devices that improve drivers' odds of beating traffic cameras. As it turns out, though, having a Florida license plate on the back of your car could be the best defense against paying traffic fines like red light camera tickets and toll violations. According to new reports, some Florida plates are proving hard for traffic law enforcement cameras to read. With as many specialty license plates as the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles offers, it's even more surprising that the state's standard white plate with raised green letters and numbers is actually the culprit.

As the story goes, there's something about the coloring of the license plates and the similarity of some of the characters thereon – or probably a combination of the two – that have made about 2.8 million automated traffic violations go unpaid since the offenders' plates were difficult to capture in the automated photographs.

The remedy for the situation is apparently a redesigned license plate that does away with the raised lettering and prominent display of oranges. The plates in question are to be replaced by a flat plate with white background and black, block lettering for optimal contrast. Some of the proposed plate designs are pictured above. According to the Associated Press report on ABC Action News, there are about 18 million vehicles registered in the state with most of them licensed with the standard plate.

It sounds like the State of Florida could make a decision on a new plate design soon, but rollout will likely not occur for another couple years. The switch to new license plates could cost the state an estimated $31 million, but this cost would theoretically be offset by the additional revenues brought in from increases in traffic and toll violation citations.


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      AlphaGnome
      • 2 Years Ago
      THIS is why states are running out of funds! Spending $31,000,000 to redesign a plate, hoping it MIGHT pay for itself from the increased revenue from traffic cameras, is possibly the most ridiculous piece of news I've read all week! Why are people that think this way still in office!?
        Richard
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AlphaGnome
        Seriously...I'll redesign it this weekend for $5,000
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ahh, the state wants to make more money off people now. Traffic cams are turning the country into a bad place.
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 2 Years Ago
      This must be for safety. Must be.
      th0mb0ne
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is the state of Florida sponsored by Tropicana?
      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm surprised no one is asking this yet -- has the state of Florida asked for a refund from the speed camera makers? There's no way you can install a camera system that has significant problems reading the most common license plate design and think that that's okay.
        MONTEGOD7SS
        • 2 Years Ago
        @The Wasp
        Government agencies never hold a vendor's feet to the fire when something doesn't work. They just buy a new system and consider it a lesson learned. This is coming from years of experience as a government employee who does have his eyes open to the wasteful spending.
      Basil Exposition
      • 2 Years Ago
      It appears they will be dropping the "www.myFLORIDA.com" from the plate, so I am all for this. Nothing it tackier than a web address on your lisence plate. I covered "www.VisitTN.com" on my plate with white electrical tape.
      RearDiff
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you know you're going to commit vehicular shennanigans or you don't have $$ for a toll, just take your plate off.
      jeremie
      • 2 Years Ago
      "The switch to new license plates could cost the state an estimated $31 million, but this cost would theoretically be offset by the additional revenues brought in from increases in traffic and toll violation citations." Well I guess you gotta spend money to make money. Because let's face it, that's all this about.
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 2 Years Ago
      two thumbs down...
      ihyln
      • 2 Years Ago
      Typical Republican boondoggle.
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ihyln
        Would you care to elaborate on that? If not, then I will just assume you were in the heat of the moment while in an irrational state of mind when you posted this.
      James
      • 2 Years Ago
      License plates should be considered unconstitutional. Next they'll be asking us to walk around with a barcode on the front and back of our shirts so the drone cameras can positively identify us from 23 miles up. After all, we're walking on public sidewalks, so we have no expectation of privacy, right?
      Krazeecain
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have a better idea: pass a bill (or add a new amendment?) outlawing automated robotic law enforcement. It just seems like something that shouldn't be constitutional... only humans should enforce law upon other humans.
        mcdull
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Krazeecain
        I'd rather they leave the human cops to do their job in fighting crimes, rather than using them to ticket traffic violations.
          prociusastarwalker
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mcdull
          The human cops as you call them do not fight crime. All police are a reaction based agency. The hardly ever prevent crime, but instead react to it after the fact. Although I am not in favor of the camera enforcement either. The only effective method of crime prevention is the armed citizen.
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