Damn it. Finally got one for real today. I've been warned a couple times just going on base in the CTS-V since there's no damn way I'm drilling holes in the front bumper of the Caddy. SAPD now enforces security at the gates for all military Installations in San Antonio per the BRAC (Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission..BRAC...duno?)
Anyways. It's been cool since the cops there had no problem with me sticking the plate in the windshield. In fact there's 3 that have said it's legal.....until now.
I was going to FASTENAL which is south of Sam Houston. Shitty part of town. Cops pulled me over because of "no front plate" BS trick as they found my car to be "Suspicious" (aka a nice car in a ghetto part of town). Pointed to the plate which they said isn't legal as it's not the front of the vehicle. We went back and forth a couple points, they kept trying to get me to let them inspect the inside of the vehicle....etc. (Some of you may have gone thru this horseshit in the past.)
He didn't give me a warning this time but an actual ticket as I know he was pissed with me since he found my story to be "suspicious". Just a dick move on his part.
Anyways. I have the ticket now. Doing research this appears to be GOOD against me. There was 502.404 and 502.409 information. And then the court case in Austin in 2004 that showed it was OK for the windshield area.
NOW I have found where the law was defined and the cop is right: The foremost front of the vehicle is where it needs to be displayed. Since the cops here didn't seem to know this I only see this as being a matter of time until all cops in the state are informed to enforce this new interpretation of the law.
This was the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, which is the highest court in the state. Sept, 2010 is when the case went before them.
So yeah. This is going to suck in the near to far future for us.