You were in Los Altos? That's the problem right there!
The only reason I go to Los Altos anymore is because that's where my D.O. is - and the man's just about qualified as a miracle worker. Apart from that, I have no reason to go to that city - nor do I want to. (If Dr. Jadali would move his practise into San Jose or Campbell, I'd have no trouble at all with that. He's one of two of my doctors that's not here in town near Good Samaritan - the other is my psychologist. Post-traumatic neurological issues, which require regular re-evaluations.)
The front plate law is stupid - I can't see any need for it, other than "automated law enforcement" (much of which has been at least partially ruled as unconstitutional, but is still in force in many states. With red light cameras and photo RADAR, you lose your Fourth Amendment right to face your accuser and cross-examine.)
Los Altos is probably about the worst city in the Bay Area to do anything silly on the roads. Hell, I once got knocked off there about twenty years ago just for smoking while I was walking on the sidewalk (which, apparently, was illegal there for some asinine reason. Cop told me to put it out, I butted it out in my hand and put it in my pocket. I think that's why he didn't officially cite me...)
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