Ticketed for bike-rack on S.R. 408?
Heard an interesting and possibly disturbing story (if it is really true) from a friend at work. This concerns an acquaintance of his who recently was taking his car down S.R. 408. This car was equipped with a Thule bike-rack that plugs into a receiver hitch at the back of the car (not the roof-type) ……
So ….. the story is that the driver is pulled over on S.R. 408, and was given a $80 ticket for …….. <drum role> …… “obscuring the licence plate of the vehicle”!!??!!!!
The story behind the story (supposedly) goes like this ……… the OOCEA –Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority – has been pushing local authorities to enforce this rule, because the bike-racks are obscuring tags from being photographed when using E-PASS.
My friend said that his friend looked up the law, and indeed there is reference to covering your tag being a violation, and he could not find any reference that allows an exemption for receivers and hitches, etc. He called around, and no one he talked to had ever heard of this particular statute being interpreted or enforced like this before.
Fact? Fiction? Anyone you know that might know anything more about this?