— placard corruption (@placardabuse) October 17, 2016
To gauge what police think about traffic laws and street safety, it’s instructive to observe how they abuse their authority with their personal vehicles.
On Twitter, @placardabuse does yeoman’s work posting images of personal cars with NYPD placards violating myriad laws, including blocking fire hydrants, blocking crosswalks, and parking on sidewalks. The placards don’t confer the right to break these rules, they just intimidate enforcement agents into giving the vehicle owner a pass.
Particularly brazen is the practice of obscuring license plates to evade toll readers and traffic enforcement cameras. The @placardabuse account has captured the illegal covers on numerous NYPD-placarded vehicles, some in the parking lot at 1 Police Plaza.
These plastic covers allow the license plate to be seen from a direct point of view but deflect light at an angle, preventing enforcement cameras from identifying the vehicle. They’re illegal in New York state because their purpose is to enable drivers to steal from and endanger the public with impunity.
Just one more perp using @NYPDnews parking pernit to get away with illegal license plate cover that evades traffic enforcement cameras. pic.twitter.com/PASwohfIa4 — placard corruption (@placardabuse) October 24, 2016