We are all supposedly equal in the eyes of the law, but in California some are more equal than others.
If you dream of never paying another traffic ticket for the rest of your life, become a government employee in California. The OC Register reports that, thanks to a long obsolete program, hundreds of thousands of drivers in California can run red lights, drive down toll lanes without paying, and park illegally—with total impunity.
Those drivers have special license plates that were introduced 30 years ago to ensure police anonymity and protection; cars bearing them are registered without any home address appearing on DMV records. They eventually became unnecessary once laws were passed making all DMV information confidential. But the plates have since become a widespread perk of government employment: hundreds of thousands of judges, district attorneys, jail guards, National Park Service rangers, city council members, city attorneys, lawmakers, and other officials who face little threat of being targeted by criminals now enjoy the privilege.
This sort of abuse of power and privilege is probably worse than it appears because if they do this you must ask what else they’re doing. One thing for sure, no one should ever be heard to deny that traffic enforcement is mostly about money and only secondarily about safety. It’s about money, pure and simple, and now we know it’s also about special privilege.