We see them all the time on the road; it is a great way to advertise a car dealership, a cause, or how much you love your dog. Unfortunately, they can also get you a traffic ticket. What are they? License plate frames.
Under New Jersey law, more specifically, N.J.S.A. 39:3-33, a motorist cannot "display unclear or indistinct license plates." This applies to both the front and rear plates on a vehicle. The only exception is the placing of an EZPass transponder on the front license plate.
Is This a Serious Offense?
Although it is far from a serious offense, it is a nuisance, as it carries a $54 fine (plus $33 in court costs). This is a big problem in New Jersey with the prevalence of these frames. At least one of my clients has ended up on the wrong side of that statute, and I am sure there will be more.
Again, this is not a serious offense, and is usually a ticket that is only issued when you are stopped for something else, but it is something that you should address right away. If you have one of these frames, grab a screwdriver, go out to your driveway, and remove them. The $87 you save may be your own.
Can It Get Worse?
Once the police have probable cause to pull you over, things can get worse from there. Maybe your license or insurance expired. Maybe you have something in the car that you shouldn't. Why risk this happening when you don't have to?
What If I DO Get More Than One Ticket?
If you have received a ticket in southern New Jersey, please feel free to call me at 856-432-4113 or contact me through this site to schedule an appointment for a free consultation in my Woodbury office. If you are out of state or out of the area, this can be done by phone
If you are looking for more information on New Jersey's traffic laws, then download my free book, A Guide to Driving Legally in NJ, and Surviving Traffic Court If You Don't.