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Danny White's Regrettable 'NO-TAGS' Vanity License Plate Has A Ticket To Ride -- As Do Others Around The Country

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WASHINGTON -- WRC-TV/NBC4 brings news of Danny White, a D.C. resident whose vanity license plates got him some $20,000 in parking tickets.

White's plates read “NO-TAGS.” 25 years ago, when White got the plates, he thought that “NO-TAGS” would be funny. Now?

“I’ve got enough tickets here to plaster my whole car.” Three hundred dollars, $500, $700 for overdue tickets. Because if the city finds an abandoned vehicle or a car missing its plates, guess who gets it? Danny White. “It had to be $20,000 in tickets. Over $20,000.”

As it turns out, White has company. In 1979 a Los Angeles man named Robert Barbour ended up with vanity plates reading "NO PLATE." Barbour received some 2500 parking tickets before the DMV asked that law enforcement write "NONE" rather than "NO PLATE" when delivering citations to cars missing their license plates.

Another Californian, Nick Vautier, ran into similar trouble with his "NV" vanity plates, since law enforcement there used "NV" on tickets when a car's plates were not visible. Vautier finally gave up his plates, finding them to be too much trouble.

White told WRC-TV/NBC4 he plans to keep his "NO-TAGS" tags until the DMV pays for him to change the plates. Why doesn't he just change the plates?

“Everybody asks that magic question!” he says. “’Why don't you get rid of them?’” He says he always responds, "’Are you going to buy me new tags?’ They say, ‘No.’ I say, ‘There's no need for me to buy tags I already have.’ If you pay for it, I'll change them. If not, fix the computer."

Someone who may want to carefully consider his vanity plates is Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno. Moreno was pulled over on Feb. 1 for driving 70 mph in a 45 mph zone, proceeded to fail a sobriety test, and is now being charged with drunk and careless driving.

The vanity plates on Moreno's silver Bentley read "SAUCED."