Since the vehicle is not registered in NY, are not the number of plate requirements for the vehicle subject only to the CT laws and when in CT? Also, the driver was not the owner of the vehicle and got the ticket.
Front license plates are required in both CT & NY so a NY police officer can issue the driver a ticket for no front plate. If the car was registered in a state that does not require a front plate, like Florida, then the officer should not issue a ticket for no front plate.
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The police can write you a summons.
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When you are physically present in another state that state's laws apply to you, not those of the state where you bought your clunker.
If the vehicle was in New York, they have jurisdiction regardless of where the vehicle was registered.
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If you are driving in New York, New York will have jurisdiction, regardless of the state of registration.
I hate to disagree with all my colleagues, but interstate compacts control, and a Connecticut registered vehicle must comply with Connecticut laws. The New York police have jurisdiction to issue a summons, but if Connecticut does not require front plates, the ticket will be dismissed.
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