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Jul 31, 2012 1:07 AM by Jim Hummel

Crackdown On Obstructed License Plates

Louisiana State Police along with other law enforcement agencies are cracking down on obscured license plates.

According to state police, in addition to naturally occurring obscurements such as roadway dirt or mud, license plates must also remain free of any novelty frames or plate covers that hamper visibility and prevent the entire plate from being readable. That also includes plate covers.

"If you can't see that license plate clearly, if it's not free from obstruction, then yes, it could be deemed as illegal," said Trooper Stephen Hammons.

Hammons says even clear plate covers can fade and become cloudy over time, preventing troopers and other drivers from clearly seeing license plates.

"If you do have that license plate cover on the back of your vehicle, take it off, don't even put yourself in that position to possibly be stopped and cited, just go ahead and remove it," he said.

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