In the cocaine-addled days of the early-1980s, I knew a person whose car license plates read "RISKY". I thought it was amusing. It was intended, in some way, I assume, to be ironic.
After I knew the person for a while, I realized that he was pulled-over by police in traffic more than anyone else I knew. It was 1981, in Boston, and he was a white guy driving a nice car. Generally, at that time, in that place, men who fit that description did not get randomly pulled over by traffic cops.
I concluded that the license plates attracted the attention of the police and although it was sort of funny, and ironic, and cute, it was a bad idea.
I hadn't thought about that license plate for thirty-ish years, until this morning. On the news page of one of the internet sites, there was a story about a professional football player pulled-over for speeding.
He was driving 70 MPH in a construction zone that limited speed to 45 MPH. There were some details that might have led to his encounter with police: He is young. He is black. He was driving a Bentley. Oh, yeah, and his license plate read "SAUCED"!
Irrespective of the color of his skin, his age, or the quality of his vehicle, his license place implies that he is drunk. Unless in Denver, Colorado, sauced means something besides intoxication (and I don't think it does), this guys is advertising that he is driving drunk!
Not surprisingly, after being pulled-over for speeding, a sobriety test was administered. Not surprisingly, the breath meter read "sauced"!
His employer, the NFL team Denver Broncos, released a statement that reads:
We take the incident involving Knowshon Moreno very seriously and are thoroughly reviewing this matter. Our organization will continue to gather information and closely monitor this issue while the legal process runs its course.
See, Denver Bronco's Knowshon Moreno hit with DUI charge, at The Daily Caller site.
Nick Spano at the Flopping Out blog put it simplest and best: "You honestly couldn't be that stupid if you tried."
Knowshon Moreno charged with DUI; has a license plate that reads SAUCED
Denver Broncos' Knowshon Moreno hit with DUI charge - The Denver Post