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July 22, 2013
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Ind. cop's “0INK” license plate prompts lawsuit

An officer's vanity plate is being challenged by the BMV, though he finds the message ironic

By Mary Beth Schnieder
The Indy Star

GREENFIELD, Ind. — Motorists who want a vanity plate will have to put their plans on idle until a lawsuit over an “0INK” plate is settled. Bureau of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Scott Waddell said late Friday that the personalized license plate program will be temporarily suspended, pending the outcome of the legal case.

The lawsuit that prompted the BMV to park the vanity plate program was filed in a Marion County Superior Court in May by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana on behalf of a Greenfield policeman, Rodney Vawter.

Vawter for three years had a license plate that read “0INK” — with a zero in place of the O — but when he tried to renew it in March, it was rejected. The lawsuit says Vawter considers the plate’s verbal pig snort “an ironic statement of pride in his profession.”

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