February License Plate Report

February’s short, but it wasn’t a bad month: Indiana, South Carolina, Arizona, and Virginia are now on the map. (IIRC I first spotted Virginia before South Carolina, but I didn’t write it down.)

Montana spotted in West Tisbury! Photo by Tom Hodgson

My neighbor from up the road, Tom of the TomPostPile, spotted Montana in town and posted a photo on Facebook. Now I know what to look for, and it’s a good thing: I’m not sure I would have recognized that as Montana unless I saw it close-up in a parking lot.

Makes me wonder how law enforcement recognizes some of these plates at high speed on the highway in the dark.

Meanwhile, I get by with a little help from my friends . . .


About Susanna J. Sturgis

Susanna edits for a living, writes to survive, and has two blogs going on WordPress. "From the Seasonally Occupied Territories" is about being a year-round resident of Martha's Vineyard. "Write Through It" is about writing, editing, and how to keep going.
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5 Responses to February License Plate Report

  1. I think the highway patrol has Spidey sense… When I was a police communications dispatcher their acuity was amazing…But as a driver in Florida, I can also say it got to where you could identify several states by the WAY they drove…especially Michigan, Ohio, New York, Texas and Canadian drivers! When I moved to New Mexico I used to entertain passengers in my car by telling them what state was approaching us from behind based on their driving. Alas, I have lost the talent living in Colorado — where all bad drivers come to drive!

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    • Love it. Long time ago I could tell when I crossed from New Hampshire into Massachusetts because all of a sudden it seemed no one on the road had ever taken driver’s ed. or could read the speed limits. In more recent forays, like since about 2010, I’ve noticed no difference. Maybe because so many Massachusetts drivers have moved north?

      Here on Martha’s Vineyard, when I almost get run down in a crosswalk, it’s almost invariably a vehicle from NY, NJ, or CT.

      When I lived in DC, it became obvious whenever it snowed (any snow at all — a half inch would do it) that hardly anybody knew how to deal with it. The standard excuse was “This is a southern city.” Ha ha ha ha — as far as I could tell, about half the population of the DC metro area were from New England or New York. So my theory was that northeasterners who’d never mastered winter driving tended to move south in hopes of avoiding it.

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  2. Jennie says:

    Montana. Wow!


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