You're driving home from a fun night out with friends or family or a long day at work, suddenly you see flashing lights gleaming into your rear view mirror. Hands up if this has happened to you.

Here are some common reasons why New Jersey drivers get pulled over.

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    License Plate Frames

    They may look cool or show that you are a supporter/fan of something you like - but they can get you pulled over.

    This is based off Title 39 - Section 39:3-33 in the NJ State Driving Manual.

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    Rear View Mirror Items

    Title 39 - Section 39:3-74 in the manual has everything to do with your favorite Glade/Yankee Candle scent coming from that freshener hanging on the rear view mirror. It's actually one of the most common mistakes that a lot of drivers fall for. FYI, this includes any item at all, including religious charms/ necklaces.

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    No Front License Plate

    This may be one you're unaware of... it's illegal to drive a vehicle in New Jersey without a front license plate (Title 39 - Section 39:3-33). And no, you cannot put your front plate on the dashboard.

    Also, just so you know, there is a minimum amount of clearance your license plate needs to be from the ground (not mention it needs to be horizontal).

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    Aftermarket Headlights / HIDs

    Although these lights may help you see better at night, they can potentially be blinding for other on-coming motorist - even with the right projectors.

    These are also illegal to have if your car did not come from factory with these bulbs in place (plus most aftermarket lights are not DOT approved - even more reason to get pulled over, ouch.) Read more about this here, Title 39 - Section 39:3-50.

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    Driving with Cracked / Chipped Windshield

    As silly as it sounds, driving with a cracked or chipped windshield can get you a ticket (Title 39 - Section 39:3-50). This is still considered obstruction of view and even though you may have a small chip on your windshield - it could present a problem when getting pulled over.

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    Tinted Windows

    Okay, this may be an obvious one, but people still drive around nonchalantly thinking that they're allowed to drive around with tinted windows just because other people have them. Well, this deserves both a yes and no response.

    You can have tinted windows only in the rear of the vehicle (this means no windshield or driver/passenger window). Only drivers that have a valid medical documentation from their optometrist are permitted to have window tint in the front. Sorry! (Title 39 - Section 39:3-75.1)

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