Police officers in Illinois take their jobs seriously, as the lives of our residents depend on their proficiency. While running daily errands, you may see cops waiting to pull people over or those already standing next to a driver’s side car window. In these stops, sometimes residents receive traffic citations for surprising laws they did not know existed.
Using Windshield Wipers Without the Use of Headlights
When conditions such as fog, rain, or other weather obstructs your view to the point where windshield wipers become necessary, the headlights also become a necessity. Not only do they assist a driver in staying on the roadway, but they also alert other drivers as to the presence of the vehicle. Remember: when wipers go on, so do headlights.
Having a License Plate Cover Over Plates
Most large chain stores have license plate covers for sale, which is prohibited by law, too. Even the transparent variety prevent a clear photograph when authorized flash photography is in use, such as at tollways or red lights.
License Plate Not Correctly Illuminated
How often do you look at the back of your car to check for burned out bulbs? Typically, you can tell one of your main lights are out when your blinker sounds differently. However, most vehicles do not tell you when the bulb for your license plate burns out. This imperative light can go unnoticed and lead to a case of mistaken identity when a plate reads incorrectly in the dark.
Obstruction of Windshield
Retro fuzzy dice or Mardi Gras beads hanging from a driver's windshield are illegal if they are at eye level and obstruct any view.
Ball Hitch Obstructing View of the License Plate
Any obstruction of a license plate number is illegal, regardless of whether the item blocking it is for useful purposes, like towing a trailer. This legislation is ambiguous and has previously gone to the Supreme Court. Blockage of the plate can lead to discrepancies in dispatch or emergencies.
Contact an Attorney
If you face charges for any one of these or other traffic citation, it is in your best interest to communicate with a knowledgeable lawyer. Guilty charges or paying the ticket can result in the addition of points, license suspension, and an increase in insurance premiums. If you would like to discuss your ticket with a Downers Grove, IL traffic ticket defense attorney, Myers Law LLC is available to take your case. Call us today at (844) 9-THE-LAW to schedule your free and initial confidential consultation.