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Old 01-16-2010, 01:00 PM   #1
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pulled over for a dumb reason

so i was coming up over a hill on a state road going 50mph in a 40 as i topped the hill i passed a state trooper then after i went abt 400 yards he turned on his lights so i pulled over knowing he didnt clock me bc my radar dector did not go off. I could of easily ran considering the time it took him to pull out but i didnt bc it was not worth it knowing that he didnt clock me but when he walked up he told me the reason he pulled me over was for having a tinted licence plate cover? he said it was illegal to have one and that i needed to take it off. has anyone ever heard of this being illegal? i havnt....
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Old 01-16-2010, 01:02 PM   #2
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I've heard it, not supposed to have anything covering it
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Old 01-16-2010, 01:21 PM   #3
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yea the plates have to be visible from a certain distance. it's like the head lights and taillights, they cannot be tampered with!
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Old 01-16-2010, 01:42 PM   #4
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it's illegal in IL too....not tinted, clear, illuminated, nothing can go on your plates
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Old 01-16-2010, 01:57 PM   #5
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it's a good rule tho, t's for the times cops just nap a picture and send you a bill...that cant happen if something is blocking the view...i hope they were nice enuff to give u a warning tho...if not, that's
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Old 01-16-2010, 02:02 PM   #6
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It is a law in every state that your plate "identification" not be obstructed in any way. The officer has the discretion to write a citation or make you remove the obstruction. I hope you only recieved a warning.
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Old 01-16-2010, 03:34 PM   #7
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it's illegal in IL too....not tinted, clear, illuminated, nothing can go on your plates

^^^ what he said about Illinois. Of course every state is different, be best to check your local laws.
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Old 01-16-2010, 03:56 PM   #8
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tinted license plate cover--- yeah that kinda defeats the entire purpose of having plates on your car.
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Old 01-16-2010, 03:58 PM   #9
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So you would've ran if you thought he actually clocked you?
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Old 01-16-2010, 04:03 PM   #10
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So you would've ran if you thought he actually clocked you?

nah not really idk i jus said that bc it took him forever to pull out and no he jus gave me a warning
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Old 01-16-2010, 04:04 PM   #11
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nah not really idk i jus said that bc it took him forever to pull out and no he jus gave me a warning
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Old 01-16-2010, 05:45 PM   #12
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He just wanted to see your car so he used the uncommon and legal (but rarely used) way of pulling you over.
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Old 01-16-2010, 05:48 PM   #13
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Yep, Illegal in NY as well for at least the last 20 years.
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Old 01-16-2010, 06:34 PM   #14
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ugh i like the way it looks on my car but i guess ill have to take it off.. for a little while that is
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Old 01-16-2010, 08:37 PM   #15
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License plate covers are manufactured to obscure and prevent traffic cameras from snapping and sending you a bill.

As well, covers cut down on our ability to view and visually process the numbers on the plate.

The lame reasons to pull you over...Dangling ornament from rear view mirror and license plate frames.
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Old 01-16-2010, 08:48 PM   #16
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What, you mean they just dont blow the "Routine check" on you?
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Old 01-16-2010, 09:13 PM   #17
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What, you mean they just dont blow the "Routine check" on you?
Unconstitutional without probable cause...
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Old 01-17-2010, 09:13 AM   #18
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You might want to check your local laws about radar detectors too. In some states they can confiscate it and ticket you
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Old 01-17-2010, 11:31 AM   #19
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so i was coming up over a hill on a state road going 50mph in a 40 as i topped the hill i passed a state trooper then after i went abt 400 yards he turned on his lights so i pulled over knowing he didnt clock me bc my radar dector did not go off. I could of easily ran considering the time it took him to pull out but i didnt bc it was not worth it knowing that he didnt clock me but when he walked up he told me the reason he pulled me over was for having a tinted licence plate cover? he said it was illegal to have one and that i needed to take it off. has anyone ever heard of this being illegal? i havnt....
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Old 01-17-2010, 11:44 AM   #20
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License plate covers are manufactured to obscure and prevent traffic cameras from snapping and sending you a bill.

As well, covers cut down on our ability to view and visually process the numbers on the plate.

The lame reasons to pull you over...Dangling ornament from rear view mirror and license plate frames.
I disagree, tinted plates covers have been around as long as I have been driving(over 40 years), How long has Triffic cameras been around? It may be legal, but I personally think it's a form of harassment, being that both times I was pulled over, there was no real reason, one of those times I was moving alone in a traffic jam.
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Old 01-17-2010, 03:24 PM   #21
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If your car was stolen and a police officer couldn't quite catch the plate # because of the cover you might be upset that you had it on there.
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Old 01-18-2010, 04:48 PM   #22
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Illegal in New Jersey! It could be a $54 ticket, depending on the officer mood...
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Old 01-18-2010, 05:12 PM   #23
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nah not really idk i jus said that bc it took him forever to pull out and no he jus gave me a warning
Yep. Don't run. You know the consequences for running and that ain't cool. You made the right choice. There's many reasons why it took a while for him to pull out. Maybe he was contemplating pulling you over...but, obviously you had a good attitude about the whole deal since you got a warning. So, kudos to you on being cool with the officer. You got stopped, learned a law, and were open to the understanding of the law. I write warnings to those who understand they did wrong. That's what I feel warnings are for. If they don't want to listen and don't believe, etc., a ticket can be written where we can then go to a court of law where a prosecutor or Judge can teach them the law.

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I disagree, tinted plates covers have been around as long as I have been driving(over 40 years), How long has Triffic cameras been around? It may be legal, but I personally think it's a form of harassment, being that both times I was pulled over, there was no real reason, one of those times I was moving alone in a traffic jam.
There are hazardous traffic moving violations and then there are non-hazardous. You can be sitting in traffic for an hour...and I can come up and see that your brake light is broken, that your inspection is expired, your registration is expired, you have dangly things from your rear view mirror, you don't hve your headlights on within 30 minutes of the sun setting, you don't have a front plate, your rear brake lights have been tinted, you don't have side mirrors, you have a REALLY loud car, your music is playing too loudly, you are not wearing a seatbelt...and dude...the list can go on and on.

Plate covers might have been around for 40 years, but laws change for reason. Laws differ from state to state and the best advice I can give anyone is to check with their state laws before going out and doing something to their cars. I mean, people put on blue lights on the front of their cars and go driving around. They then get all pissed off because an officer writes them a ticket when there is a public set of rules which state what you can and can't do.

OP, use 5 minutes of your time and google your state law regarding traffic code, license plates, and visibility. I guarantee you that you will see what they say about the tinted cover. Even a clear cover can be deemed illegal if you are driving to my left and the sun is setting in such a manner that there's glare on the plastic not allowing me to see your plate.

It just all depends on the state law. In TX, yes, it's illegal.


On a side note,

Everyone needs to keep this on topic or like most cop threads that turn into bashing threads, someone will get warned, someone will get an infraction, another person will get banned....and then the thread will go poof or get locked like a lot of others.

THE OP asked if the cover was legal or not. Keep THIS as the topic, please.

I honestly don't want to have this get out of hand. And, everyone remember THIS post as a reference when it comes time for those infractions to be handed out....
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Old 01-18-2010, 06:03 PM   #24
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its alright i took it ooff looks tacky now but ill get over it
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so i was coming up over a hill on a state road going 50mph in a 40 as i topped the hill i passed a state trooper then after i went abt 400 yards he turned on his lights so i pulled over knowing he didnt clock me bc my radar dector did not go off. I could of easily ran considering the time it took him to pull out but i didnt bc it was not worth it knowing that he didnt clock me but when he walked up he told me the reason he pulled me over was for having a tinted licence plate cover? he said it was illegal to have one and that i needed to take it off. has anyone ever heard of this being illegal? i havnt....
It is illegal here in Tennessee... As are license frames that obstruct any portion of the month or year expiration stickers... also the county sticker is supposed to be visible.
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