Electronic license plates: a good idea for Maryland?
Legislators in California are considering a bill that would study whether to put electronic license plates -- and thus a revenue generating opportunity -- on the cars of drivers in that state.
The technology works something like this, according to an AP article:
The device would mimic a standard license plate when the vehicle is in motion but would switch to digital ads or other messages when it is stopped for more than four seconds, whether in traffic or at a red light. The license plate number would remain visible at all times in some section of the screen. In emergencies, the plates could be used to broadcast Amber Alerts or traffic information.
California, as you may know, as a huge $19 billion deficit -- a gap that politicians are desperate to close.
California also has a reputation for being early adopters in new trends that other states often tend to follow. And many other states, including Maryland, have their own deficit woes, so it will be interesting to see how this electronic license plate bill proceeds.
Do you think putting electronic license plates on our vehicles is a good idea -- or just too potentially distracting?
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