The latest thing in gadgets you don’t really need is the new License Plate Flash Frame. For a mere $49.95 you can have a license plate frame that will store up to 5 programmable messages which you can then display to the world while you’re driving via a handy-dandy remote. Here’s the ad copy:
Scrolling License Plate Flash Frames are an incredible new accessory for any car! Featuring a lighted, scrolling message display built into a license plate frame. Flash Frames allow you to express yourself while on the road or stuck in traffic.
Simply create and enter up to 5 messages (up to 120 characters in length each) using the included wireless remote control. Then select from 3 different scroll speeds.
The super-bright LEDs ensure that your message is seen day or night.
You can announce to everyone on the road that you’re a fan of your sports team, advertise your business or tell the person behind you they don’t know the first thing about safely operating a car!
Change the statement as often as you change your mood!
Aside from the obvious issue of driver distraction this poses I think using this thing would be asking for trouble. I know it would be for me as there have been far too many times I’ve wished I had a scrolling message in the back window of my car that said “I BARELY KNOW YOU SO STOP TRYING TO CLIMB UP INTO MY ASS!” for those tailgaters that make me so uncomfortable. Then there’s the ever useful “HANG UP THE FUCKING PHONE AND DRIVE—ASSHOLE!” message that I could’ve used on a couple of occasions as well as many more that I’m sure would only serve to increase the likelihood of me becoming a victim of road rage or convenient drive-time target practice should I ever actually express such sentiments to someone who really deserves to see them.
So I think I’ll save my money and continue to scream into my steering wheel whenever I need to release my frustration at the assholes who think it’s perfectly acceptable to 90MPH on a 25MPH street.