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Mystery caravan reported on Highway 16

The in basket: Mike Moore called a while back and said that around the first week of September he saw something that seemed unusual.

On his way down Highway 16 driving toward Tacoma, he said he saw a half dozen or so brand new Silverado pickup trucks with all white campers or canopies on the back, without windows in them. The trucks all had U.S. government plates. The campers/canopies were uniformly white, though the trucks were various colors.

As they approached the toll booths for the Tacoma Narrows bridge, one of the trucks was stopped at the side of the highway, with another vehicle in front of it. He didn’t know if the truck’s driver had stopped the other vehicle, was trying to aid it, or had nothing to do with it. But it had the red and blue  lights that law enforcement uses flashing in  its grill and somewhere on the rear.

He wondered what they were.

The out basket: I can’t add anything helpful here. My Washington State Patrol contact said he had no idea what they were. So I’ll just toss this one out there. Anyone in reader land know what Mike had seen?

Large flags on vehicles OK in most cases

The in basket: Morris 2126, who didn’t leave his last name but who evidently is 2,126th in a succession, wrote, “I have observed many large pickup trucks driving in Kitsap County with huge flags trailing from the beds. The American flag is frequently billowing in the wind. I assume that this signals that the driver is charging into battle.
“On more than one occasion, I have observed a large Confederate flag as well. I cringe every time I see the Confederate flag side by side with the Stars and Stripes. What is this supposed to signal? I seriously doubt the excuse of ‘southern pride.’  Get real, we all know what it really means.

“While we cannot change stupidity and hate, I question whether it is legal to be driving around with large flags flying on our cars. It is a distraction. If the flag pole were to break, a serious accident could occur,” he said..

The out basket: I see more 12th Man flags that answer that description than either American or Confederate flags.

Trooper Russ Winger of the State Patrol here replies, “There is nothing illegal about displaying a flag on a vehicle as long as the flag is securely attached and does not obscure the driver’s or other motorists’ visibility. It also must not extend beyond the maximum width and height restrictions for vehicles.”