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Creative or Offensive? Personalized License Plates

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - Whether we're sitting at a red light or driving, many of us can admit we've spent time trying to decipher personalized license plates.

Some are funny and creative like "JRKWAD," but other are downright violent like "WIFBTR" (wife beater).

Every month, the DMV gets about 10,000 requests for personalized plates.

"Of those 10,000 about 20 usually go before the review board for a second look and then maybe 10 or 12 get denied," says DMV Spokesperson Sunni Brown.

A review is done once a month by a diverse group of DMV employees. So you'll never be asked to "KSMYBUT (kiss my butt)" or be forced to drive behind a "FARTCAN."

They're part of the nearly 1,000 license plates denied in Virginia last year.

But the DMV doesn't always "SHOOT EM" down before these customized messages hit the streets.

This "BOOBYS" plate didn't even get a second glance.

"We don't always catch everything the first round because people are so creative and they'll spell something different ways or we haven't quite seen it that combination of it yet," Brown says.

Normally, the DMV relies on a computer database or employees to pick up certain letter and number combinations that are obscene, sexually explicit or promote drugs or violence. When that doesn't work, it's up to the public.

Over the last two years, Virginians have alerted the agency to over 200 offensive plates that have now been recalled.

Some people can appreciate the dark humor though. But no matter how much you might "ROFLAO" (roll on the floor laughing) so much you "GT2PEE" (got to pee) these plates will never "FL4SHM3" (flash me) or you on the highway.


Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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