- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 4, 2012

D.C. officials rarely discuss them in public, yet they are in plain sight of most plain folk who motor around the city.

I’m talking low-number license plates, which are collecting tickets for speeding, illegal parking, running red lights and worse.

It’s not clear what D.C. officials are doing about that, but it’s very clear that these scofflaws — and city officials — should take action.

The tags are assigned by the mayor and D.C. Council members, and while the designee is not obligated to accept the privilege, the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles is responsible for keeping tabs on them.

Elected officials get to designate more than 900 special license plates.

I could name names, but I won’t.

It seems some of these very privileged owners and drivers are ignoring their obligations — or perhaps being ignored by the DMV - with some violations dating back to 2002.

Here are a few glaring examples of outstanding and unpaid violations as of Tuesday:

• D.C. tag 911 has chalked up 11 violations since April 15, mostly for ignoring no standing/stopping/parking signs in Northwest, including an April 15 citation for “no standing anytime” in the 3200 block of Prospect Street.

Perhaps the driver was spooked by the possibility of parking too close to the 3600 block of Prospect Street, where the infamous “Exorcist” stairs are located.

• The driver of D.C. tag 1 likes variety, illegally parking in an alley and a loading zone. This vehicle had other violations, including failing to display current tags on Jan. 25.

• Downtown meter maids, who slip those pink parking-violation notices under your windshield wipers, are some of the most efficient in the city. But the drivers behind the wheels of D.C. tag 555 and 704 don’t seem to care about government efficiency.

The driver of 704 got two tickets on June 21 for parking in front of 1823 L St. NW, which is Mackey’s Public House and where, according to its website, happy hour lasts from noon to 7 p.m. on weekdays.

Tag 555, meanwhile, got two $50 downtown parking tickets, including one for a most-common infraction: an expired meter.

• But hey, parking infractions are the least of the worries for the driver of tag 705. This cat racked up $500 in fines for speeding along northbound Branch Avenue in Southeast. If the driver was headed to the DMV offices at Branch and Pennsylvania Avenue, he or she could have dropped by and paid a $50 ticket for parking at an expired meter in the 1000 block of Vermont Avenue Northwest on May 3.

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