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Susan Perrault of Salem, who works at Soule Elementary School, is known for her pride toward the Boston Red Sox down to the license plate and its frame, and additional magnetic appliques.

One out of eight New Hampshire drivers is vain, a much higher rate than for drivers in neighboring Massachusetts, Vermont or Maine.

Twelve percent of New Hampshire drivers have vanity plates, compared to 7 percent in Maine and 6 percent in Vermont. And in Massachusetts, only 1 percent of drivers have them. For some reason, Granite Staters just seem to want to tell every other driver on the road something about themselves by advertising it on their license plates.

The abundance of vanity plates in New Hampshire might have something to do with the cost. At $25 a year, it’s less expensive in New Hampshire than in Massachusetts to get a vanity plate. Plates in Massachusetts cost $50 a year.

It’s also easier to get the vanity plate you want here, because there are only 1.4 million drivers here compared to 5.9 million in Massachusetts.

But New Hampshire drivers like to think it’s because they have more personality.

A life-long Red Sox fan, it seemed natural for Susan Perrault of Salem to get a Sox-related vanity plate after they won the World Series in 2004. So she got “SOXNATN.”

“We’ve always been huge Red Sox fans,” she said. “When they won the World Series, I said, ‘We’re getting a plate to celebrate.”

Clearly, she wasn’t the only one. “REDSOX1” through “REDSOX9,” “REDSXFN,” “RDSXFAN,” and “FNWYPRK” are all taken. Even “MANNY,” “ORTIZ,” “WALLY,” “VARITEK,” “PSKYPOL” and “YAZ” have been snatched up.

Lisa Romick, who lives in Chester and owns Wisteria Flower Shoppe in Derry, has “MY4BOYS” on the back of her white suburban. With two sons in high school, one in seventh and one in third grade, she said it seemed like a logical choice.

“I want people to feel sorry for me,” she said. “I thought it was kind of funny. People always wonder, ‘Why does she have that huge gas hog?’”

Apparently, she said, the humor wasn’t lost on someone else close to her situation. While shopping nearby one weekend, she saw another white suburban with the license plate “MY5BOYS.”

Plates dealing with children are among the most popular, as are those that denote occupations and hobbies.

Sean Piemonte of Derry got “CBLGUY” for his black Nissan.

“I work for Comcast,” he said.

Dwayne Desisto, who owns Rig A’Tony’s Italian take-out in Derry, has appropriately named his truck “RIGATNY.”

“Everybody knows me,” Desisto said.

Jessica Perry, who works at the Derry Recreation Department and lives in Fremont, has “JESYCAR.”

“My dad picked it out,” Perry said. “My sister has “SNAAB” on her SAAB. It’s perfect for her.”

Holly Lamport of Londonderry, a member of the Keene State swim team, has “LOV2SWM.”

But not everyone who tries to get a vanity plate is looking for good, clean fun. Every once in a while, one slips by that isn’t so nice, said Katie Daly, spokeswoman for the New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles.

“It happens enough,” she said. “But since our new director has been in office, plates have been a big issue.”

Some lewd or profane plates are marked by the Division of Motor Vehicle’s computer, and the system will automatically deny them. Those that are questionable are brought before a committee made up of the department’s director, assistant director and a lawyer.

Then there are those plates that look like they might mean something, but don’t mean anything at all.

Linda Kachanian, who lives in Windham, has the plate “KD48.” She said people always ask her what it means, but it doesn’t mean anything at all. It was just the plate she was assigned when she registered her car 36 years ago.

“I have to think of something exotic,” she said, laughing.

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