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The problem started in 1996 when the federal government enacted a cost-cutting law and began selling off their helium reserves that were stored underground -- now they're running out.
As a panicked woman's husband turned blue last month, a Montgomery County Fire and Rescue dispatcher snored, fast asleep.
The law has to do with "obstruction of view" through the windshield. From Virginia, to the District, to Montgomery and Prince George's counties, police officers are well within their right to stop you and ticket you for the offense.