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[Kentucky's New License Plate]
Rise in Sale of Specialty Plates; Mr. Smiley Credited
Posted: 28-Jul-2003 8:11AM CDT

The past several months has seen a drastic increase in the sale of specialty plates. The unpopularity of the new "Mr. Smiley" plate has been blamed for the increase. The increased sale of specialty plates means that the charities that sponsor the plates receive more money, about $10 per plate. The Transportation Cabinet receives about the same amount of money from a specialty plate as from a regular plate.

More information: Courier-Journal: Rise in specialty plates' profits credited to 'Mr. Smiley' backlash (July 28, 2003) [Outside Link]

Updated: Aug. 7, 2003

Additional articles: Associated Press: Many seem to frown on Mr. Smiley (July 29, 2003) [Outside Link], Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: New plate backlash leaves officials smiling (July 30, 2003) [Outside Link] (free registration required)

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Comment posted by Danny Lewis on 29-Jul-2003 11:56PM CDT
I heard about this on the radio today... I thought it was a scam by the state to sale more vanity licence plates, but I'm glad to be proved wrong. I think I will get the UK plate... (I'm the few that doesn't love UK for their athletics and I like that it uses their academic logo on the plate instead of their athletic logo)
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