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WHY CAN'T DMV FIND A STICKER THAT STICKS?

Permit me to be slightly more than critical of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles for its newest version of the registration windshield sticker that still fails to stick.

It took the DMV 14 years to finally eliminate the sticker-in-water design, which other states abandoned years ago. I've never seen an out-of-state sticker hanging off the windshield, or better yet, taped on with cellophane. So I applauded the new pressure-sensitive sticker when it was introduced in 1998. I couldn't wait to get mine.

To my chagrin, only two days after applying it to a perfectly clean windshield, the entire right-half of the sticker lifted off. Why should we have to live with this ugly peeling sticker for two years, when it serves no purpose other than an occasional check by law enforcement? If the police wanted to check my new sticker, they would have to start on one side of the car and circle around to the other side to read the curled half.

My suggestion to New York State is to quickly re-engineer the adhesive that has been selected and find one that is compatible with glass.

JAMES R. AHRENS

Lancaster

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