Friday, October 8, 1999

XXXXXXX vanity plate big hit — with tickets

Computer snafu slaps Alabama racer with 10 tickets a day, $19,000 in fines


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - "Racer X's" vanity plate just does not compute in city computers, causing him to rack up about $19,000 in tickets.

Scottie Roberson bought a vanity plate with seven X's to pay homage to his racer nickname. But that causes a bit of a snafu when parking patrols put the plate into the system. Officials usually put seven X's in place of the number for cars without license plates.

Roberson says the mix-up has led him to get as many as 10 tickets in a day.

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Birmingham Traffic Engineer Gregory Dawkins says the city may change the system to keep Roberson from receiving more tickets. He says "maybe we just need to leave that part blank altogether."

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