Brighton man pulled over and ticketed for peeling plate

June 15, 2019 06:21 PM

BRIGHTON, N.Y. (WHEC) — Gray Henderson was headed home from work with a Syracuse license plate frame on his Honda Accord one April afternoon.

That afternoon the Brighton resident was given a ticket by New York State troopers for a peeling license plate.


"The frame was covering maybe 50% of the New York, but in terms of the lettering only one of the letters was peeled," Henderson said.

Henderson says the trooper gave him a ticket for something he's never heard of before.

"Saying that the license plate was lose, insecure or dirty...and he gave me a ticket," Henderson said.

He replaced the plate right away taking proof to Stafford Town Court, but he still paid $140 in fines.

"We were proactive about it but still has to pay some sort of monetary fine," Henderson said.

News10NBC reached out to the State Department of Motor Vehicles to ask how often people come in to fix peeling plates. In response in a statement, a spokeswoman says, "Customers may return their license plates for a variety of reasons, which the DMV does not track. However, the number of returned plates remains low compared to the approximately 12 million New York license plates on the road."

We also asked New York State troopers how many tickets are issued for peeling license plates. A spokesman told News10NBC they don't track that number either.

The state DMV has been replacing peeling plates since 2014. A spokeswoman says "All vehicle owners in New York are required by law to ensure their license plates are legible, and if plates are no longer legible it is their responsibility – at no cost to the owner - to exchange them."

Henderson wants to warn others to help avoid the hassle and the fine...

"I think that if they're going to enforce something they should make it widely known," Henderson said. "They should probably publish it or make some sort of Service Announcement...that's the first time I've heard that."


Kaci Jones

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