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30 Nov2017

Better Not Block Your View — Or the Officer’s

Do you have an air freshener hanging from your rear view mirror? If you do, you better rethink your choice. How about a license plate frame? You might want to look at it again. If you live in New Jersey, either of these things could net you a traffic ticket.

According to reports, the number of citations issued over windshield and license plate obstruction laws has increased by 8 percent over the last two years. That means that more officers are writing more tickets for things that most people think just don’t matter.

This year alone, more than 100,000 drivers have been given tickets for some type of license plate infraction. Those citations have brought in at least $21.5 million in revenue over the last three years. The money collected has been for violations ranging from not having a front license plate to obstructing the view of the rear license plate.

When it comes to windshield obstruction tickets, close to 80,000 people have been ticketed. If you live in New Jersey, it is illegal to conceal any part of the license plate markings. It’s not illegal to have a frame, but it cannot obscure any mark placed on the plate by the state. You’re also not allowed to have anything affixed to your windshield aside from inspection stickers or other state-issued stickers. There is no law that says you can’t hang an air freshener in your car but, if an officer really wants to, they can pull you over for obstructing your windshield.

If you have received a traffic ticket in New York, reach out to our team of attorneys. We are here to help you fight.