In some areas of New York and New Jersey, gas rationing was in effect for the first couple of weeks after Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc. If the last number in your license plate was even you could only get gas (sometimes limited amounts) on even days. If your license plate was odd, or a vanity plate, you were able to get gas on an odd day. This was done initially because of gas shortages, but continued because people continued to panic and felt the need to stock up on gasoline.
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