Skip to comments.In Iowa, a license plate frame gets drivers tagged by police
Posted on 05/07/2014 11:47:50 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
It might be time to reconsider that license plate frame boasting your allegiance to your favorite baseball team, charitable cause or alma mater, especially if youre driving in The Hawkeye State.
The Iowa Supreme Court just ruled that drivers whose cars display the frames can be stopped if they obscure the small print below the plate numbers. The decision ended a five-year court battle stemming from the 2009 traffic stop of a man suspected of dealing drugs based on information from a confidential informant. The court ruled 5-2 last week that a 1984 law requiring drivers to permit full view of all numerals and letters on the plate includes the county name.
While a person who sees a driver commit a crime may not be able to remember a complete license plate number, the person may be more easily able to recall the county name, Justice Thomas Waterman wrote. This would narrow the search to identify the vehicle. The county name on a plate also shows whether a vehicle is registered locally or not, which may be relevant in identifying suspicious behavior.
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you’re a long way from home now, aren’t ya? seems suspicious to me.
NY has parkways. Only non Commercial vehicles allowed. You can drive an F 150 or ram 1500 or the equivalent with passenger plates. You can not get passenger plates on F-250 350 or Ram 2500 or 3500 due to the weight. Thus you cannot drive on the parkways.
Many guys I know put the oversized frames over their plates so that the word COMMERCIAL on the bottom of the plate is no longer visible. An astute cop picks this up quickly as there are other give away points on commercial plates. If the cop wants to get you he will
not all plates have the county.
particularly specialty plates.
Texas doesn't have county names on plates. The state said that I the frames hide the state mane, the vehicle can be stopped. It also said that the toll road cameras cannot send the "Pay by mail" charges to drivers.
Well, there is am impression of Texas in the center of every plate. Of course, that shape could be easily mistaken fo another state. < /sarc>
Well you are wrong there it is if you are an illegal
I’m not worried at all.
Being a long time FReeper I’m sure to already be at the top of the regime’s sh!tlist.
Yep, that's my attitude as well - may as well embrace the horror. It's surprisingly liberating.
Can someone please tell me how the photo scanning equipment works.. does it work on visible light or some other spectrum?
I assume it’s visible light, optical character recognition.
I don’t think the license plates have any RFID in them, but I may be wrong.
Dirt cheap too:
And you would be wrong.
Narrowing down the 2010 White Camries in Sample County is much easier than searching for all of them in the state, which may or may not have an obscured plate.
Old law but never enforced.
That camera has IR led’s ... I wonder what inconspicuous handheld lasers would be powerful enough to damage the ccd chip?
That’s way beyond my span of knowledge.
But you’d have to kill a lot of them, because they are well on the way to becoming std equipment in every LEO vehicle plus all over the place as stationary mounts.
Tell that to my daughter(she got a “Fix-It” ticket just for THIS)!
Often referred to as the "You're not from around here, are you, boy" clause...
That's one that would be hard to FORGET!
Quite a few people use wide tag frames to cover up state names while in other states, especially with so many states having so many different kinds of subdued colors on tags. It allows more for hit-and-run escapes, when they’re out of state. Very obvious in tourism states, where many out of state tags are often seen.
If you’re in a rural area with private roads, even better cameras can be found cheap for license plate recording—very low light cameras that don’t emit light and can be effectively hidden with good ballistic protection. With little traffic and slow traffic speeds (rough roads, speed bumps/dips), software motion detection works well. Cameras are best used by private folks for private reasons.