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Bears license plate frame elicits warning

Published: Saturday, March 2, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

I was almost home from work on Feb. 21 when I was pulled over by a police officer. I knew I had been using my turn signals and wasn’t speeding, so I had no clue as to why. Maybe a brake light out?

He told me when I went past him at the corner of Peoria and state Route 2, he couldn’t see my seat belt on. I always have worn my seat belt since I got my driver’s license in 1974. I have fairly long hair (about one-third of the way down my back) and it was covering the front part of both shoulders.

I showed him how I can move the belt from the frame by the door up and down and keep it close to my shoulder so it doesn’t cut into my neck. He asked whether I’ve ever had a seat belt violation, and I told him, “Never.”

He took my license back to the car and a few minutes later came back with a warning ticket – not for the seat belt but for improper display of license plates.

I have Chicago Bears frames on them that I have had for more than 4 years. He said it’s a state law that you cannot have any of the plate blocked at all, and basically all frames block part of the “I” and “L’s” in Illinois, which is illegal. So, I got home and took off the frames. The next day I had an appointment to get my hair cut.

So, just beware to anyone who has hair past your shoulders. Make sure you don’t have it covering your chest and seat belt.

Also, make sure you pull the frames off your license plates that those naughty car dealers put on. It could save you a ticket or, at least, the time it takes when you get pulled over.

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