Clean that plate cover or get pulled over

POSTED: Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 6:00pm

UPDATED: Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 6:04pm

If you have a cover over your license plate, it could end up costing you.

Clear covers aren't illegal on their own, but they can get dirty or cracked, blocking the plate. State Troopers are cracking down on obscured license plates. They say it's a public safety hazard if officers and other people can't see your tags clearly.

Cities across the state are now using red light and speed cameras to catch drivers breaking the law and they're one reason Louisiana State Police believe the use of license plate covers is on the rise.

"Obscuring a license plate can really be anything,” Trooper Nick Manale, Louisiana State Police, explained. “It can be everything from a nasty, muddied up plate that's just totally not even visible anymore, to covers that get dirty or are mirrored or blurred or tinted."

So, consider this your warning. It's a primary offense, which means police can pull you just for having an obscured plate.

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