Bleg to my fellow Texans
The state has decided to let the citizenry vote for which plate design is used next. Good idea, right?
Well, sort of.
I'm all for democracy. I think that creating a work that is generally pleasing to the eye of the citizenry is pretty cool.
But here's the thing:
Most people are going to pick the pretty ones, without regard to the function of the plate.
What's the function of a license plate?
Answer: To identify a given vehicle for administrative and emergency purposes.
Now, some of y'all might think "Screw it-- if the cops or the robot revenuers can't read my plate, that's just so much the better." But a license plate allows not just cops, but the general public at large to read a vehicle's identifying numbers, and to report that the vehicle was at a specific time at a specific place, performing a specific action. Hit and run? Get the plate number. Robbery? Get the plate number. Road rage? Plate number. DWI running people off the road? Ditto.
Plates are hard enough to read as it is. Road grime, soot, spattered asphalt, etc all make them hard to read from 50 feet away on a highway while driving at highway speeds, and still taking due caution to drive safely yourself. That's one reason why the state requires that the plate be kept clean. But when we remove the high-contrast of black on white, the plate starts off being harder to read.
Better than the current plate, in my opinion, which is listed as "My Texas."
And while the contrast is okay with "New Texas," the design is horrid. Reminds me of a banner you'd see at a Gay Pride parade (not that there's anything wrong with that) during the Bicentennial. Ugh: