Use a License Plate Frame, Go To Texas Jail

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According to Texas' highest criminal court, obscuring any part of a vehicle's license plate, including portions of state name text and/or artwork, provides Johnny Law with all the cause he needs to pull over, ticket, and/or arrest the offending vehicle's driver. The 8-1 decision issued yesterday, concerning a case in which a man picked up a DUI bust after being pulled over due to plate obfuscation caused by a dealer-installed license plate frame, left three of the judges proclaiming the statute to be "uncommonly bad." Judge Cathy Cochran's advice to Texas drivers? Spend a little extra money, if available, to get a personalized license plate without the doo-dad design details.

Court ruling gives police power to stop cars with partially obscured plates [Austin American-Statesman]

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There has been a similar law in Maryland for years. The fine is $280.00 for obscuring your registration to avoid identification (i.e, red light camera covers) and for failing to properly fasten and maintain your registration in a visible position is $60.00.

Remember, it is a privledge to drive not a given right!