Senator Saland's Legislation Prohibiting The Sale Of Materials That Distort License Plate Numbers Signed Into Law

Stephen M. Saland

September 29, 2006

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that his legislation (S.2501-B), making it unlawful to sell any substance used to prevent a license plate number from being captured on radar, has been signed into law by the Governor.

There are now substances available for sale, primarily in a spray-on form, which if applied to a license plate, reflect photo radar flash. These substances are invisible to the naked eye but create a high gloss, clear, reflective finish on the plate that obstructs the view of a license plate number, making it difficult for law enforcement to read the numbers.

While a law enacted in 2005 prohibits the application of the substance over a license plate, there is nothing in present law that would deter the sale of the substance.

"There is no legitimate reason for a person to purchase these substances," said Senator Saland. "This law will discourage the sale of a substances offered with the intent of evading the law. Law enforcement officials will be able to carry out their responsibilities more effectively without this impediment to traffic enforcement."