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August 2014

Learn what Is happening with motor vehicle & law enforcement agencies across the country.

 

 

Region I

Frank Sinatra’s first driver’s license sells for over $15,000 at auction

Boston-based auction house RR Auction recently offered up for auction a driver’s license issued to Frank Sinatra in 1934. The driver’s license was his first and was issued to Sinatra—whose name is spelled “Francis Sintra” on the license, due to a typographical error—when he lived in Hoboken, New Jersey and was 19 years old.

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American celebrity Frank Sinatra received his first driver’s license in 1934 at age 19 when living in New Jersey. It recently sold at auction for $15,757.

While the 80-year-old license only cost $3 when Sinatra received it, it sold for a total of $15,757 at auction. And while it looks quite different from a modern driver’s license—there is no photo of Ol’ Blue Eyes, for example—you might still be surprised to see how little the identifying information has changed over the years. The license lists Sinatra’s address, age, weight, sex, eye color, hair color and height—all items you can find on many driver’s licenses today.

Region II

Texas ties safety inspections to vehicle registration

In order to streamline vehicle registration and safety inspections, Texas recently changed its process for issuing stickers for both requirements. Now, instead of getting a sticker for each, Texas drivers will only need a vehicle registration sticker—and in order to obtain that sticker they will need to prove their car has been inspected for safety. This means windshields in Texas will be a little clearer, as the safety inspection sticker will no longer be necessary.

When making this transition, the state will allow some drivers— if their safety inspection renewal date comes after their vehicle registration renewal date—to essentially skip their safety inspection for the year. According to DallasNews.com, this means millions fewer inspections will be done during the transition when compared to the standard process.

Region III

Ohio State Highway Patrol makes upgrades to keep Ohio drivers safe

Ohio state troopers are responding to more incidents and becoming more efficient, thanks to technology upgrades in their cruisers. Troopers in Ohio drive Dodge Chargers for their powerful engines and high top speed. Lt. Craig Cvetan of the Ohio Highway Patrol says the Charger’s subtle, yet high-tech upgrades over the years—such as an electronic stabilization system to help the vehicle remain upright on curvy roads—are key, according to WBSN-10TV in Columbus.

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol drives Dodge Chargers for their powerful engines, high top speeds and advanced safety features.

Besides serving as a mode of transportation, the Chargers have become the mobile office for the state troopers and house an electronic ticketing system that allows troopers to print any violations by simply swiping a driver’s license. This technology upgrade saves time and is a safer alternative to data entry.

But the numbers tell the real story of how much more efficient troopers are thanks to technology upgrades. Since 2010, the numbers of incidents have gone up year after year, along with the number of citations for speeding and drugs, according to WBSN-10TV. In fact, drug arrests jumped 26 percent in one year alone!

Region IV

Colorado DMV website briefly shuts down due to influx in traffic

On July 2, the day non-citizens were allowed to make appointments to obtain Colorado driver’s licenses, the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles’ website was shut down for a short period. According to FoxNews.com, the Web page where people could make their appointment averaged 70,000 hits per hour, including a high of 107,500 hits in an hour, compared to its normal hourly average of 8,126 hits.

Driver’s licenses issued under this program will grant legal driving privileges to individuals who cannot demonstrate lawful presence in the United States. They will clearly be labeled to show that they are not for federal identification, voting or public benefit purposes.

“There is clearly a great deal of interest by the community to obtain these services,” Barbara Brohl, the executive director of the Colorado Department of Revenue, said in a statement to FoxNews.com.