Many drivers express themselves through vanity license plates. But apparently, some people in Virginia felt that one plate went too far.
The “88” is sometimes a coded reference to Heil Hitler, as each word begins with the eight letter of the alphabet.
The “14” is thought to stand for the number of words in a white supremacist credo.
The “CV” is an apparent reference to the Sons of the Confederate Veterans.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations was among the groups offended by the plate. The truck bearing the plates also featured graphics of the Confederate flag and the phrase "Everything I ever needed to know about Islam I learned on 9/11."
The DMV says the specialized plate was issued in March 2009. After reviewing complaints, a DMV committee determined that the letters and numbers could reasonably be construed as racially or ethnically disparaging.