And here are two of my faves.
• Tag 800002, whose driver got a ticket on Jan. 12, 2006, for no stopping/standing during evening rush.
The original $50 ticket has probably multiplied enough in the ensuing years to purchase bottled water for the crews cleaning up the Mall after the July 4th festivities.
• And get this joker, the driver of tag 1600.
Another better-late-than-never motorist, 1600 was cited for — drumroll, please — failure to display current tags.
So, the council and the mayor grant a very special privilege to the owners of these and other vehicles, but neither the owners nor the officials responsible for holding them accountable are paying attention.
What a hoax.
Make no mistake. A far meatier story is possible, though I’m certain the Gray administration and council members do not want it to seep out.
Here again, I could name names, but choose not to go there.
It’s just that in the past, DMV has heaped on me whenever it’s time to renew my driver’s license, and frankly, dear readers, I’d like for DMV to look at other drivers for a change.
So, if you are one of the privileged with special low-number tags, pay up.
If you count yourself among the plain folk, I leave you with this: Has DMV ever given you such a break?
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Award-winning opinion writer Deborah Simmons is a senior correspondent who reports on City Hall and writes about education, culture, sports and family-related topics. Mrs. Simmons has worked at several newspapers, and since joining The Washington Times in 1985, has served as editorial-page editor and features editor and on the metro desk. She has taught copy editing at the University of ...
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