License plate law

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MASON CITY, Iowa – It’s a law you might be breaking and you don’t even know it.

Now the Iowa Supreme Court is backing police on it.

The law says police can legally stop any vehicle that has a frame covering the county name on their license plate.

It was a ruling Friday and backs up undercover officers in Davenport.

They had used the law to stop a man who was under surveillance for suspected drug dealing.

The law reminder has some local businesses like Larson RED ZONE Sports re-thinking the items they sell.

“I don’t know I guess I have to hope the manufacturers maybe change the ways they make the covers so that they don’t cover up the information on the license plate,” said owner Rick Larson.

One of the Supreme Court justices says drivers need to check whether the frame covers the county name.

And that police can stop the vehicle anywhere and at any time.

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