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what are those cars with blue/red/white plates driving on the shoulder of I-66?
Posted by: AlenaC ()
Date: August 07, 2006 07:44PM

I'm new to the area. In the last few days, I've noticed a few cars with
a blue/red/white license plate driving on the shoulders on I-66 heading
towards DC. (while the rest of the cars were in stop and go traffic)
Who were those guy?

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Re: what are those cars with blue/red/white plates driving on the shoulder of I-66?
Posted by: RESton Peace ()
Date: August 07, 2006 07:46PM

Sounds like diplomatic plates.

In theory they could drive on the shoulder and wouldn't have to pay any tickets they receive...we had a discussion about this a few months ago and I can't recall what the final verdict was, as to wther or not diplomats can get away with it....

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Re: what are those cars with blue/red/white plates driving on the shoulder of I-66?
Posted by: come on folks ()
Date: August 07, 2006 09:01PM

Might they have been Federal cop cars with DC tags?

About diplomat tags, I was once told that if it starts with a "S" it's an embassy staffer....if it starts with a "D" it's the ambassador him/herself. The next two letters are code for the country they are from.

I think they all have "diplomatic immunity" though.

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Re: what are those cars with blue/red/white plates driving on the shoulder of I-66?
Posted by: Steve ()
Date: August 07, 2006 11:05PM

come on folks Wrote:
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> Might they have been Federal cop cars with DC
> tags?
>
> About diplomat tags, I was once told that if it
> starts with a "S" it's an embassy staffer....if it
> starts with a "D" it's the ambassador him/herself.
> The next two letters are code for the country
> they are from.
>
> I think they all have "diplomatic immunity"
> though.


Police can't do dick about it. It's a shame, really. There's really only two reasons a police officer can pull over a diplomat:

1) The officer has good reason to suspect the driver is intoxicated

2) The diplomat's embassy has revoked their diplomatic immunity

It really is a bunch of bullshit. If a diplomat is driving down the sidewalk and running over all kinds of people, there's not a damn thing the police can do about it. I mean, they could call the embassy, but since the plates don't indicate what country they're diplomats of, how would they know which one to call?

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Re: what are those cars with blue/red/white plates driving on the shoulder of I-66?
Posted by: brianl703 ()
Date: August 07, 2006 11:11PM

There's actually a way to tell what country the plates are from based on the prefix. but I doubt any cops have the list.

It's on the net somewhere, though.

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Re: what are those cars with blue/red/white plates driving on the shoulder of I-66?
Posted by: RESton Peace ()
Date: August 08, 2006 06:50AM

1. There's no such thing as diplomatic immunity from a police beating
2. Diplomats can be arrested and detain while "diplomatic status is checked". Once it has been confirmed, they are free to go repeat the crime if they wish.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/08/2006 07:16AM by RESton Peace.

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Re: what are those cars with blue/red/white plates driving on the shoulder of I-66?
Posted by: Lester Burnham ()
Date: August 08, 2006 08:17AM

I seem to recall that up to 10-15 years ago you could easily decipher the diplomat's country based on the 2-letter code, but the State Department changed this after vehicles from "less friendly" countries were being vandalized while parked. They may have been using the international FIPS code which I think is what is used in many Internet domain extensions, but now it is a more generic or random combination.

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Re: what are those cars with blue/red/white plates driving on the shoulder of I-66?
Posted by: Dude ()
Date: August 08, 2006 09:44AM

each country has two specific letters assigned

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Re: what are those cars with blue/red/white plates driving on the shoulder of I-66?
Posted by: Dude ()
Date: August 08, 2006 09:45AM

AA CONGO

AC IVORY COAST

AF JAPAN

AH MADAGASCAR

AJ PANAMA

AK CAPE VERDE

AQ SYRIA

AU UGANDA

AV ISRAEL

BL SOUTH AFRICA

BZ IRAQ

CC ETHIOPIA

CN INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION

CS AFGHANISTAN

CU BOTSWANA

CV BURMA

CW CAMEROON

CX BURUNDI

CY CHINA

DA COLOMBIA

DB COSTA RICA

DC CUBA

DD CYPRUS

DF DOMINICAN REP.

DG ECUADOR

DJ FRANCE

DK GREECE

DL INDIA

DM IRAN

DN DENMARK

DP BANGLADESH

DR SLOVAKIA (new)

FC USSR (retired 1992)

FF ANTIGUA & BARBUDA

FG CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

FH IRELAND

FJ LEBANON

FK KENYA

FL LIBERIA

FM LIBYA

FN MALTA

FP MOROCCO

FR PHILIPPINES

FS NETHERLANDS

FT QATAR

FV SRI LANKA

FW VATICAN CITY

FX SIERRA LEONE

FY ALGERIA

FZ SURINAME

GC SWEDEN

GG ZAMBIA

GN TURKEY

GP ALBANIA

GQ NORTH KOREA

HL ST. LUCIA

HV BELGIUM

HW GUATEMALA

HX BENIN

HZ HAITI

JB HONDURAS

JC KUWAIT

JD MAURITIUS

JF NIGERIA

JG PORTUGAL

JH SOMALIA

JJ CHAD

JK TURKEY

JM YUGOSLAVIA

JP TUNISIA

JQ TOGO

KH HUNGARY

KJ LITHUANIA

KK FIJI

KL JORDAN

KM JAMAICA

KN GABON

KP LUXEMBOURG

KR MALAYSIA

KS MEXICO

KV SAUDI ARABIA

KX SUDAN

LC VENEZUELA

LD VIETNAM

LG TURKEY

LH ISRAEL

LJ ISRAEL

LK EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES

LW WEST GERMANY

MK DJIBOUTI

MP BAHAMAS

NA OMAN

NB PAPUA NEW GUINEA

NC PARAGUAY

ND ROMANIA

PA AUSTRIA

PB BARBADOS

PC BELIZE

PF BOLIVIA

PH CZECHOSLOVAKIA (retired)

PK NORWAY

PL CHILE

PM BRUNEI

PR ARGENTINA

PS ZIMBABWE

PV ZAIRE

QD BURKINA FASO

QL ST. KITTS-NEVIS

QM BULGARIA

QN LAOS

QP LATVIA

QQ LESOTHO

QR MALAWI

QS MOZAMBIQUE

QT NEW ZEALAND

QU NICARAGUA

QV NIGER

QW POLAND

QX PAKISTAN

QY YEMEN

QZ INDONESIA

RB RWANDA

RD SENEGAL

RL URUGUAY

SF CZECH REPUBLIC (new)

SG ISRAEL

ST DOMINICA

SX BELGIAN CONGO

TF ALGERIA

TG CANADA

TH EGYPT

TJ EAST GERMANY (not in use)

TL EL SALVADOR

TM ICELAND

TN NEPAL

TP MAURITANIA

TQ MALI

TR ITALY

TS RHODESIA

TT GUYANA

TU GUINEA

TV GHANA

TW GAMBIA

TX FINLAND

TY GRENADA

TX PERU

UA BAHRAIN

UH SPAIN

UX TRINIDAD & TOGAGO

VF THAILAND

VG TANZANIA

VH SWITZERLAND

VJ BRAZIL

VK SINGAPORE

VL SWAZILAND

WB UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

WD SOUTH KOREA

WZ UNITED KINGDOM

XF TURKEY

XZ AUSTRALIA

YM MOLDOVA (new)

YR RUSSIAN FEDERATION

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Re: what are those cars with blue/red/white plates driving on the shoulder of I-66?
Posted by: Gravis ()
Date: August 08, 2006 12:29PM

Lester Burnham Wrote:
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> I seem to recall that up to 10-15 years ago you
> could easily decipher the diplomat's country based
> on the 2-letter code, but the State Department
> changed this after vehicles from "less friendly"
> countries were being vandalized while parked.


this happened to a friend of mine in high school, his car was keyed rather well, so he had his plates changed to normal looking plates while maintaining all the benefits. there are plates that actually say "Diplomat" on them which is how it was so clear.


"the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish."095042938540

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Re: what are those cars with blue/red/white plates driving on the shoulder of I-66?
Posted by: Eh ()
Date: August 08, 2006 01:02PM

diplomatic immunity rulezz

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Re: what are those cars with blue/red/white plates driving on the shoulder of I-66?
Posted by: homer simpson ()
Date: August 08, 2006 06:11PM

didnt a couple years ago a diplomat hit somebody and killed them. And nohting happened to him or her

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Re: what are those cars with blue/red/white plates driving on the shoulder of I-66?
Posted by: TheMeeper ()
Date: August 08, 2006 06:18PM

didnt a couple years ago a diplomat hit somebody and killed them. And nohting happened to him or her

Yeah, that happened near DuPont Circle about 10 years ago, I think he was from the Republic of Georgia. But you're wrong, his country did waive immunity and he got prosecuted here in the U.S. and served a jail sentence.

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Re: what are those cars with blue/red/white plates driving on the shoulder of I-66?
Posted by: Annandalite ()
Date: August 09, 2006 09:10PM

The home country may or may not waive immunity. It is a political decision on their part, usually related to foreign aid or correctness. The Georgia case was interesting because the TV news people kept bringing it up that he "could" walk, but Georgia immediately waived his immunity. Canada rarely would invoke immunity and leave their people to their own defenses.

Remember, in the 1970s Dip Imm got out of hand, and President Carter signed the Diplomatic Reciprocity Act or something like that. It basically says we treat your diplomats only as well as you treat ours. That act caused immediate changes worldwide including the parking on the sidewalk in front of their DC embassy by Soviet personnel.

As far as parking tickets go, Canada insists that their diplomatic personnel pay tickets immediately or go to court. Claiming immunity is not allowed. Other Embassy's have similar policies, but not so friendly nations may not.

Granted, I have not checked the status of which embassy's pay their parking tickets under our current administration, as I have heard that US might be disliked overseas these days.

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Re: what are those cars with blue/red/white plates driving on the shoulder of I-66?
Posted by: Ferfux ()
Date: August 10, 2006 02:47PM

I heard reported there was a South African smuggling operation here in DC> the dude tried to claim immunity when he was busted aboard one of his ships but an officer murtaugh of DCPC blew him away.

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Re: what are those cars with blue/red/white plates driving on the shoulder of I-66?
Posted by: CheekyMonkey ()
Date: August 10, 2006 03:42PM

Ferfux Wrote:
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> I heard reported there was a South African
> smuggling operation here in DC> the dude tried to
> claim immunity when he was busted aboard one of
> his ships but an officer murtaugh of DCPC blew him
> away.


Isn't that the plot from Lethal Weapon w/Mel Gibson and Danny Glover?

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Re: what are those cars with blue/red/white plates driving on the shoulder of I-66?
Posted by: KeepOnTruckin ()
Date: August 11, 2006 01:05PM

Annandalite Wrote:
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> parking on the
> sidewalk in front of their DC embassy by Soviet
> personnel.

I belive that's how all drivers park in Russia these days. No one needs parking garages or lots, just drive on to the sidewalk. That way, when a tank comes through it won't run over your car. They do that in Lithuania as well. No tanks though.

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Re: what are those cars with blue/red/white plates driving on the shoulder of I-66?
Posted by: Dude ()
Date: August 11, 2006 02:24PM

tanks? huh?

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Re: what are those cars with blue/red/white plates driving on the shoulder of I-66?
Posted by: KeepOnTruckin ()
Date: August 11, 2006 02:56PM

Yeah in Communist russia they supposedly had tanks patroling the streets, and if your car was in they way you came back and you had a small piece of scrap metal.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/11/2006 02:56PM by KeepOnTruckin.

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Re: what are those cars with blue/red/white plates driving on the shoulder of I-66?
Posted by: Dude ()
Date: August 11, 2006 03:37PM

another brain washed person....

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Re: what are those cars with blue/red/white plates driving on the shoulder of I-66?
Posted by: Dude ()
Date: August 11, 2006 03:38PM

and its always snowing there too!


yawn

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Re: what are those cars with blue/red/white plates driving on the shoulder of I-66?
Posted by: Annandalite ()
Date: August 12, 2006 10:58AM

Actually, the US embassy in Moscow was being bullied by the then Soviets - remember the embassy bugging scandal? The US embassy complained for years there was little parking and they had the land to build a garage but the Soviets had better ideas.

All the while, the soviets were parking their cars on 16th Street and ignoring parking tickets. DC has or had rules then about towing vehicles with diplomatic plates.

Funny thing is, the Americans got their parking garage approved and the Soviets stopped parking on the sidewalk immediately after the Reciprocity executive order became effective.

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Re: what are those cars with blue/red/white plates driving on the shoulder of I-66?
Posted by: Looking ()
Date: March 15, 2019 08:30AM

Haven't seen any lately

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