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You Could Be Breaking the Law Without Realizing It

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Without realizing it, you might be breaking the law. How? For starters, license plate holders are illegal in the state of New York IF any part of the plate covers any letter or number.

That’s right- it’s illegal to have a plate holder on your car that obstructs the state portion that says New York and is also illegal if it blocks any number on the plate, or is covered by plastic. You can even be given a ticket if your car has a plate holder put on by a dealership and it ever so slightly covers a teeny tiny part of a letter or word. So if you look at the plate cover above, you’ll see that it would be considered illegal in New York because a portion of the W in “Washington” and a portion of the C in “D.C.” is covered by the plate.

Also illegal are stickers on the back of your car like those ones with the stick figure family or the stickers that tout what college you went to. Anything on the back windshield of your car can land you in trouble with the law.

Don’t take my word for it – read the law; you’ll find it in Sub-paragraph ‘(i)’ of Paragraph ‘(b)’ of Subsection ‘(1)’ of Section 375 of New York’s Vehicle and Traffic Law. The law is very clear: “[t]he use or placing of posters or stickers on . . . rear windows of motor vehicles is . . . prohibited.”

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