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Good Question: Are you being 'framed'?

July 02, 2018 07:23 AM

You may be breaking a traffic law and don't even know it.

This week's Good Question report with Pat Taney has to do with license plate frames. Patty Redfern reached out to Pat for this. Her daughter was given a ticket for her license plate frame so she wanted to know what the law says.

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License plate frames are in. Some of you use them to show support for sports teams, others for political causes. But most of you don't even put them on, dealerships often slap them on after you purchase a car.

So what's allowed and what's not? We reached out to Gates Police Officer Lance Duffy.

"You cannot cover the plate," Officer Duffy said. "The numbers and the state has to be recognizable at all times."

We found several custom frames and frames put on by dealerships that violate the law. Many frames block the words 'New York State' on top of the plate, which is illegal.

"You have to make sure the state of the plate is always showing and the number is visible," Officer Duffy said.

On the bottom of New York plates, you'll notice the words 'Empire State' -- that is okay to cover.

"That is fine because as long as you see New York, we know what state it is, what color it is and the numbers and letters," Officer Duffy said.

Also illegal, many license plate covers you may see on the road.

"Cellophane, plastic anything like that," Officer Duffy said. "Your plate cannot be covered under the New York State traffic law."

So if you have a frame that might be pushing the law, will you get pulled over?

"Most likely, if the plate is not at all visible, yes you will." Officer Duffy said. "If the plate is a bit covered but still visible, it's a judgment decision by the officer."

Officers say this is a big deal because they need information on plates to be visible in case those vehicles are involved in crimes or amber alerts.

Our viewer's daughter who got a ticket for this was fined $100.

License plates that are peeling could also get you a ticket. If yours is, you are asked to go to the DMV to get a new one.

If you have a question you'd like Pat to answer, send him an email at GoodQuestion@whec.com

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