You’ve likely already read that one of the bills filed yesterday for next year’s legislative sessions deals with our car tags. Specifically, Senator Bill Heath wants the phrase “In God We Trust” to be the standard for all tags. The bill also provides the option of a one dollar sticker with the county name.
Before we go any further, let’s cover a few things. I’m a Baptist. I don’t have a problem with the phrase in general. I understand and appreciate the phrase’s importance to this country.
I think every tag ought to list the county that the vehicle is registered in, no matter what. I don’t care about what slogan or phrase is being slapped on the plates. I spend a significant amount of time driving each week. (144 miles, five days every week). I find that I discriminate against drivers from certain counties. For instance, whenever I see a metro-Atlanta tag in Macon, I assume they are more aggressive drivers. When I see cars from Dooly county, I assume they are less aggressive. And then I see tags from places I live, and I want to know if the driver is an acquaintance.
County names are also useful for law enforcement purposes. It’s additional information they can use to identify certain vehicles and drivers.
I realize this is such a minor argument, but what is the argument for inclusion of “In God We Trust” and the exclusion of “County?” To show that we are a God-loving state? I don’t buy that. Because you’ll be giving tags with this phrase to people who do not lives that mesh with that statement. Such as your local atheist. Or how about the guy from across town who gets into trouble all the time, drinks and works on Sundays, and also has a bumper sticker that defames God? He’ll have “In God We Trust” too.
I see no reason to take away “County” from our tags. Especially when those who want “In God We Trust” can purchase a sticker. If anything, the appropriate thing to do is to offer those stickers for free. Or return us to the “Three Dollar Car Tag.” (Like that will ever happen.)