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January 28, 2022


Man drove without insurance or a licence for more than 70 years

(Thanks to DaninDallas and B&C)


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There are some parts of West Texas where this describes the entire population.

A brief survey of drivers here in Flathead County showed that the response of 82% of the drivers questioned was:

"Insurance! We don't need no stinkin' insurance."

Hard to avoid the modern surveillance state, unless the cameras (in places like West Texas) are used for target practice.

So why was he pulled over if he never had an accident, was driving within speed limit, etc.?
It was a camera trap. Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera reads the vehicle's registration number and instantly checks against the database records of vehicles of interest.
But for the camera, I don't think they ever would have caught him because he was a model driver.

When I started driving, if memory serves me, my car insurance was $100. A year!

There was no such thing as a DWI or DUI. Not thought of yet.

No such thing as 'right turn on red'.

If you were stopped and had open containers, you were asked to pour them out on the curb, got to keep what was not opened and sent on your way. Breathalizer/Smethalizer.

Now when my Dad grew up and learned to drive in a rural area there were no posted speed limits. So naturally He drove a hundred miles an hour at all times.

In Florida, the reaction would be ...a shrug.

After 70 infraction-free years the proper course of action should be to award him with a lifetime honorary driver's license.

ripleysparrow, there are no such cameras here. We outlawed them in Arlington a few years ago, and it spread into a statewide movement.

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