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Traffic violations from lesser-known New Jersey laws

When drivers take the license test, they typically learn about all the major driving rules of the state. Some New Jersey laws are lesser known but can still lead to traffic violations. Obstructing the windshield of a car or covering the license plate are both illegal in the state and can result in tickets for unaware drivers. 

Since 2015, tickets for these infractions have been on the rise. An officer is able to write a ticket for even a small item obstructing the windshield, such as an air freshener tree or a pair of fuzzy dice. The same goes for license plates. The vanity frame that many people use must not cover any part of the license plate, including "New Jersey" or "The Garden State" at the very top and bottom. 

The rules allow an officer to make a traffic stop. Some argue that the policy can lend itself to abuse. University researchers found that black and Latino individuals were more likely to receive tickets for these types of infractions. The tickets are also big money for police departments, hauling in over $20 million in fines over the last three years.

Traffic violations can affect a person's lifestyle, by financial damage or with points added to the license. Sometimes, a person can choose to fight the ticket in court, especially if they feel it hasn't been given in a fair way. Some individuals in New Jersey choose to hire a defense attorney for assistance in building a strong defense for their traffic case. 

Source:, "NJ tickets for windshield, license plate obstructions on the rise", Mike Davis, Dec. 15, 2017

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