JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – From listening to loud music to having stickers on the back window of your vehicle, drivers across the First Coast could be breaking the law and they may not even know it!

Phil Waterman said he was ticketed for a traffic violation he didn’t know existed.

He made a stop at the Costco at the Town Center. When he returned to his vehicle, he found a ticket on his windshield. Baffled, he picked it up and saw that was fined for having a clear plastic cover over his license plate.

“I didn’t know it was a law,” he said. “I run to the back and I look at the license plate and it’s perfectly visible.”

Though visible, the plastic cover did violate Florida state law, which said you can’t attach a substance, reflective matter, illuminated device – spray, coating, covering, or other material – onto or around any license plate. Why? Because it interferes with visibility.

It’s a minor traffic violation that cost Waterman $25.

Though the fine may not be extreme, Waterman said something like a simple accessory for your car could cost you hundreds of dollars if multiple infractions are found.

“I think other people ought to know about it,” he said.

Florida Law also prohibits:

  • Stickers on windshields or the back window
  • Loud music
  • Wearing headphones while driving (Bluetooth headsets are ok)
  • Amplified horns
  • Decorated rearview mirrors

And as any law enforcement official will tell you, not knowing the law doesn’t make you exempt from it.