A new ruling from a Pennsylvania court says police can pull over drivers with obscured license plates. The decision was part of a ruling from a 2021 traffic stop in Philadelphia. In that case, the stop led to a search of the car where a gun with multiple rounds of ammunition and marijuana were found.
Many car dealers upon selling a car, wrap the official PA license plate with a frame with the dealerships name. And many drivers like to show the love to their favorite team through their license plate frame. While others like to advertise their favorite sayings or political candidate.
Some frames are just that and say nothing at all!
Superior Court judges in Pennsylvania reviewed a PA law and ruled that if any part of your license plate is covered, you could get stopped.
This includes the part on the lower part of the plate that says visitpa.com.
The ruling not only includes license plates, but obstructions from dirt and mud.
Lawyers from the ACLU argue that this ruling gives law enforcement another reason to pull people over. Legal director of the ACLU, Sara Rose stated; This could give police carte blanche to pull over any car that has any kind of covering, any kind of frame around a license plate, which, you know, most cars do,” she said. She went on to say; “I think a reasonable interpretation of the statute is that it’s identifying information, like the purpose of the license plate”.
If the frame covers any portion of the plate, including the colored borders, it’s a violation.
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