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Front License Plate ticket... court didnt accept my fix it ticket.

#1 User is offline   MasterForce 

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  Posted 04 February 2011 - 10:47 AM

So back in thanksgiving weekend i went home to el paso tx from where im stationed in abilene tx. i was coming back to abilene when i saw 2 trooper cars chillin on the side of the road. Next thing you know there behind me and i got pulled over. They told me i didnt have my front plate in the front most part of the car. i told them it was on the windshield and that it was in the front. They said no and gave me a ticket. So i took the ticket and went home. i decided to by ricks2k front plate holder and permanently have my front plate on. i took pics and wrote a letter saying i had fixed it and explained that the statute doesnt say it has to be on the front most part of he vehicle. i sent it of hoping i would get a fix it ticket. so now to last week. i got a letter saying that the court had denied my package i have sent and i have to call to schedule a court date or mail in a fine of $150.

so here my question should i fight it? or pay the fine? if i do fight it i have to drive all the way to el paso, about a 6 hour drive. i dont mind it as i can see my family while i am there. if i do pay the fine will that affect my insurance a lot?

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-got pulled over for front plate on windshield
-sent pkg saying it was fixed
-court said no, either pay or go to court
-what to do?

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 11:12 AM

non moving violation should not raise your premium
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Posted 04 February 2011 - 11:14 AM

License plate violations haven't been a fix-it ticket in about 2 years.

But look up the statutes and see if it say the plate must be on the front most potion, if it doesn't then definitely fight it.

So many of the rural areas have a fines system rather than a legal system
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Posted 04 February 2011 - 11:18 AM

got pulled over last night for 43 in a 35 :bs: have my license plate in the window too, he said to "make sure it is mounted" so i'm going to rig up some window suction cups to cup it to my windshild, that'll be mounted real good. Also i got out of any ticket because i keep the OEM license plate frame in the trunk with bolts so i can say look pig, its fixed..
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Posted 04 February 2011 - 01:44 PM

Get a retractable one, then just pop it out when you get pulled over.

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=cvM2dNzgHjI
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Posted 04 February 2011 - 01:45 PM

I'm usually in the camp of, "don't put it on the windshield if you know it's illegal," but since you're trying to fix the problem, here's my constructive advice.

Go to court and fight it. You should pay whatever the "fix-it" fee is, but shouldn't have to pay the fine for failing to meet it after the fact.

If it's mounted in the front bumper, which is physically in front of the vehicle, you're compliant.

"Sec. 502.404. OPERATION OF VEHICLE WITHOUT LICENSE PLATE OR REGISTRATION INSIGNIA. (a) A person commits an offense if the person operates on a public highway during a registration period a passenger car or commercial motor vehicle that does not display two license plates, at the front and rear of the vehicle, that have been:

(1) assigned by the department for the period; or

(2) validated by a registration insignia issued by the department that establishes that the vehicle is registered for the period."

http://www.statutes..../htm/TN.502.htm

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 03:25 PM

I had illegal tint on my last Honda for about 5 years and got hassled for it all the time and ticketed 3 times for it.

I have left my S2000 completely stock and legal because I was sick of being pulled over and stressing out every time I passed a cop!
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Posted 04 February 2011 - 04:02 PM

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License plate violations haven't been a fix-it ticket in about 2 years.

But look up the statutes and see if it say the plate must be on the front most potion, if it doesn't then definitely fight it.

So many of the rural areas have a fines system rather than a legal system

In Sacramento, it's still a fix it ticket. I just had to do it last month.
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Posted 04 February 2011 - 04:15 PM

Wow. I didn't realize cops in TX were still pulling people over for this. I've been driving my S since 2005 without a front plate at all and have never been pulled over. It could be my proximity to LA, since they don't have front plates and travel our roads regularly. Our cops probably just don't look for it.

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 04:27 PM

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Get a retractable one, then just pop it out when you get pulled over.

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=cvM2dNzgHjI

This.

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 04:37 PM

Depends greatly on the state.

In Virginia you are required to have it on the bumper - windshield/dash doesn't cut it, not to mention the danger if you were in an accident and it went flying at you.

Some places will drop fix-it tickets, others will say you had the problem when you were pulled over and now you've fixed it, we won't pull you again.

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 05:01 PM

Am I the only one thinking why not just put it on the bumper where its supposed to go......?

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 05:52 PM

No, you are not the only one...
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Posted 04 February 2011 - 08:22 PM

well my plates already in the front bumper. like i said i got the ricks2k plate holder and it good pretty good. i have heard from people here that the statute doesnt define that the plate HAS to be in the front bumper only the front. the story that was brought up was Texas vs. Losoya.

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 09:04 PM

kind of off topic but is there any reason not to just bolt the plate onto the front bumper without a mount? thats what i did, although i didnt torque down the bolts too much

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 09:48 PM

have a pic of your ricks license palte holdeR?

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 11:10 PM

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kind of off topic but is there any reason not to just bolt the plate onto the front bumper without a mount? thats what i did, although i didnt torque down the bolts too much

it'll scratch up the bumper
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Posted 05 February 2011 - 01:52 AM

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it'll scratch up the bumper

I bolted min directly to the bumper. I used some half inch thick rubber washers as spacers and I think it looks great with zero scratching.

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Posted 05 February 2011 - 01:56 AM

I bought a new Honda mount bracket for my S right after I bought it. I think the plate looks just fine where it was intended to go. The mount even slopes down on the bottom to a rational areodynamic angle. Driving around with one on or near the dash to avoid mounting it at the intended location escapes my reasoning capabilties. Do you just think it takes away that much from the exterior looks or what? Cause I don't feel that way at all when I look at mine.Conversely,I'd think it looks quite stupid on the dash or stuck to the inside of the windshield.

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Posted 05 February 2011 - 10:26 AM

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I bolted min directly to the bumper. I used some half inch thick rubber washers as spacers and I think it looks great with zero scratching.

Me too, then I bent the bottom half of the plate at near a 45 degree angle back into the opening. I have their license plate in the right place and they don't have a clean surface to shoot with their lasers. :tipwink:

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Posted 05 February 2011 - 11:07 AM

here is how i have it now. pretty good than i though. i actually like it.

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Posted 05 February 2011 - 12:27 PM

If you don't want to deal with bumper plug holes, etc, mount the plate on your tow hook. This way, there are no blemishes, and to a much lesser extent, your intake isn't restricted from the number plate blocking it.
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Posted 05 February 2011 - 10:21 PM

It's stupid to drive with anything on your car obviously illegal. It's just an excuse to get pulled over and we all drive after a few beers once in a while....why ask for it?

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Posted 06 February 2011 - 01:37 AM

This makes me love my state. In PA we only need the rear plate. and i have 20% tint that you cant see in and i have NEVER had a word said to me even when i have been pulled over for speeding. Also along with a 70mm test pipe and single exhaust. knock on wood.
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Posted 06 February 2011 - 12:08 PM

I have to chuckle when I see these threads with people complaining about getting pulled over, tickets, etc... for an issue that they created for themselves!

Sure, some of these laws can be annoying. Such as front license plates, window tint or whatever else, but they are laws in those particular regions and are in place for a reason, no matter how ridiculous they may seem to be.


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