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You may think you’re the best driver on the road, and you keep your car in tip-top shape, so you’ll never be pulled over by the police, right?

Not so fast.

Any license plate cover, not just the dark, smoked acrylic type, but even clear covers are illegal in Florida. How about those license plate frames? Nothing is allowed to cover any information on the plate, according to Florida law.

According to Florida Statute 320.061, it’s illegal to “alter motor vehicle registration certificates, license plates, mobile home stickers, or validation stickers or to obscure license plates.”

A license plate frame doesn’t alter the license plate, but if it obscures any information, such as state, county or registration sticker,  that’s also illegal, according to the same statute, which says, “A person may not alter the original appearance of a vehicle registration certificate, license plate, temporary license plate, mobile home sticker, or validation sticker issued for and assigned to a motor vehicle or mobile home…”

This Could Get You Pulled Over In Florida

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So, if you’re following all the rules of the road, but look up only to find red and blue flashing lights signaling you to pull over, it could be for something as seemingly benign as that license plate frame with the car dealer’s name on it, or even a frame saluting your favorite sports team.

Something that simple could wind up getting you a ticket and costing you money.

Source: Florida Register

The 5 Most Dangerous Cities In Florida

We know how ominous “The most dangerous cities in Florida” sounds, but we think it’s important to know. The good news is out of a list of 100 dangerous cities in the U.S., only 5 in Florida made the list. Of those 5 cities, none of them cracked the top 50 in this updated study. A lot of people probably assume big metros like Miami, Tampa and Orlando made the list, but nope!

We got this information from Neighborhood Scout. Their analysis includes crimes reported by all agencies. They studied cities with 25,000 or more people, based on the number of violent crimes per 1,000 residents. Data used for this research are:

  1. The number of violent crimes reported to the FBI to have occurred in each city.
  2. Projections of violent crime rates based on prior years’ data.
  3. The population of each city.

Florida is known for some of the country’s most bizarre crimes. And while all of them may be dangerous, they may not qualify as “violent.” Driving a golf cart naked down I75, assault with food, and similar “Florida Man” crimes don’t fall into the FBI category.

If you want to see how other cities rank, click here for the full study.

Here are the most dangerous cities in Florida