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Calling all cars

A police car passed me today, driving in the other direction, and for some reason the decals and painting splashed all over the side of the car got me wondering:

Do police departments have contests to see who can have the most gaudily decorated cars? The most Space-Age-Meets-the-Dance-Floor-Meets-Video-Game lights? And what's the cost to taxpayers of all this indulgence?

I thought back to my boyhood and the New York State Police cars: black and white, like this:

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No fancy decals taking up the entire side of the car. No array of Star Wars lights. But there's no mistaking it's a police car, is there?

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cwmackowski
Dec. 21st, 2010 03:24 am (UTC)
I love the fact that so many of them drive huge gas-guzzlers. At a time when every governmental budget on every level is strapped for cash, having police cars that get seven miles to the gallon is really pretty swell!
patrick_vecchio
Dec. 21st, 2010 02:59 pm (UTC)
Another one of my gripes is that I'll be cruising along the highway going the speed limit when somebody driving a state-registered vehicle goes blowing by me like it's the Daytona 500.
nodressrehersal
Dec. 21st, 2010 03:57 am (UTC)
So many other things in life can be compared in this way, the jazzed-up-super-deluxe version vs. the no-bells-or-whistles-but-it'll-get-you-where-you've-gotta-go deal.
patrick_vecchio
Dec. 21st, 2010 03:02 pm (UTC)
Advertisers are great at creating "needs" for the latest thing, aren't they? I've had the same cellphone for going on two years now; I'm hopelessly behind the times.
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