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What Does The Black Sticker With Blue Stripe Mean?  
User currently offline767Lover From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I see them on cars all over the city. It's a square, black sticker with a horizontal blue stripe through it. What is this?

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User currently offlineN6376m From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

It's known as the thin blue line - it denotes police.

A couple of years ago a police officer produced some of these to indicate to other officers that the car was owned by a relative of a police officer, such that if there ever was a problem, professional courtesy should be shown. However, these are now mass produced and many people slap them on their car thinking that it will save them from a speeding ticket.

I have a couple of police officer friends who have told me that they completely ignore these sort of stickers, police benevolent association tags and the like when deciding who to stop and what to do. A police officer's spouse is usually given some sort of mini badge that they keep in their wallet. If they get pulled over, they usually hand it over and that resolves the situation.



User currently offline767Lover From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

76M...thanks! I have been wondering about it!

User currently offlineUshermittwoch From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2965 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

"If they get pulled over, they usually hand it over and that resolves the situation."

Ain't nothing like America's "Finest"...



Where have all the tri-jets gone...
User currently offlineN6376m From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I hardly believe that "professional courtesy" extended by police to immediate family member of other law enforcement colleagues is a uniquely American exploit.

User currently offlinePPGMD From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

DMV employees (at least in Kalifornia) get those small badges too.


At worst, you screw up and die.
User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

There is also a version of this sticker with a red stripe instead of the blue, for firefighters. I'm also beginning to see car tag versions of these stickers as well.

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