There is a very vague and slightly obnoxious law in effect on our New Jersey roadways that will soon hopefully be adjusted to save us all some cash.

Do you have a frame on your license plate that is on the front or rear of your vehicle?

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Maybe it is there to show love for your favorite sports team or to share your undying love for your pet while on the roadways.

Whatever you use it for, it is more than likely that you have already gotten into some sort of trouble because of it.

The Supreme Court ruled that tickets for obscured license plates can be issued if entire phrases are obscured, but not if they remain legible. The photo shows a real license plate, but the picture has been altered to protect the identity. (Townsquare Media NJ)
The Supreme Court ruled that tickets for obscured license plates can be issued if entire phrases are obscured, but not if they remain legible. The photo shows a real license plate, but the picture has been altered to protect the identity. (Townsquare Media NJ)
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The rule, as it stands now, gives officers to right to pull over and ticket drivers if this frame blocks, "New Jersey" or "Garden State."

Little fun fact: Over half a million violations for this license frame issue has been doled out in the last four years.

So now according to NJ.com, officials are working to, "relax the current law," because over half a million is insane for an accessory that is not life-threatening.

Not to mention, of all things to be forced to dole out extra money for right now.

New Jersey License Plate In A Garden
Kathleen Gail
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The goal is to give drivers a break and not write a ticket if the license plate frame partially covers, "New Jersey" or "Garden State."

“Most of these citations were for frames covering a part of the license plate that did not prevent identification of the vehicle,” said State Senator Patrick Diegnan Jr., D-Middlesex. “These revised stipulations will allow for a significant decrease in unnecessary fines and reduce the number of New Jersey drivers being pulled over.”

This rule wouldn't go away all together.

According to Chief Justice Stuart Rabner via NJ.com, you an still be given a ticket if, “if ‘Garden State,’ ‘New Jersey,’ or some other phrase is covered to the point that the phrase cannot be identified, or the plate numbers can’t be read."
I am glad somebody said it because to me, this is not a valid reason to be pulled over whatsoever.
Get the proper frame. Make sure "New Jersey," "Garden State," and your license plate number are all visible and good to go so you can be ready to have a great Summer.
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