California "is considering a bill that would allow the state to begin researching the use of electronic license plates for vehicles." Yup, those electronic billboards aren't distracting enough, now we'll have to worry about license plates that would switch to digital ads or other messages when it is stopped for more than four seconds, whether in traffic or at a red light.
Your average California driver (I am specifically excluding BadTux) has the attention span of a hyperactive gnat to begin with. Can you imagine the back-ups that will ensue as thousands of California drivers get mesmerized by the pretty, flashing messages on the plates ahead of them at traffic lights?
And just think about the ads you'll see:
- granola-bar-dispensers for your Prius
- Birkenstock tires
- tourism ads from Arizona ("offer void if dark-skinned")
This has to be one of the worst ideas ev--
Ooooh, look, a bunny!