Why NJ Cops Write So Many License Plate Frame Tickets

If you don’t think the New Jersey Police should write that many license plate frame tickets, be careful what you want.

Jersey cops have written over half a million license plate tickets in four years, with the highest number in 2019. That year, a total of 127,680 summonses were issued.

Most people who buy a new or used car from a dealership come away with a frame advertising the dealership holding the plate on their vehicle.

They didn’t ask for it. He just came with the car. It’s the last thing on their minds after spending all that money and signing so many papers and going through all the hoops that buying a car in New Jersey entails these days.

Or maybe you gave Dad a frame from his alma mater for Father’s Day last year. How to say.

Lawmakers from both different parties have proposed legislation to reduce or eliminate traffic stops and fines.



The state Supreme Court has even ruled on license plate violations saying that if “Garden State” or “New Jersey” was only partially blocked but the plate number was definitely legible, then the violation should be invalid.

Some of these stops lead to arrests for other offences, which some would consider beneficial.

Nobody likes tickets or getting arrested, especially yours truly. But if you ask any cop in New Jersey, they’ll tell you a different story that might change your mind.

They write a lot of these tickets to give drivers a break from more serious and costly violations. Just like they used to give away lots of tickets for your graduation tassels hanging from your rear view mirror back in the day to avoid giving you a speeding ticket.

Hmmmm, maybe all those license plate frame tickets aren’t such a bad thing after all.

The views expressed in the above post are those of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Dennis Malloy only.

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