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question for isflojo? my husband works for the city of Hawthorne, he told me he always sees a black IS F by the ford dealer, is that you? i think the person must work there, anyway, i dont see any of us locally, im in El Segundo. were special! ;) ill do some more thinking about that plate.
LOL! No, that's not me. My plate actually shows my user name for this site.
 

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I own a 08 IS F and also live in So Cal, but never had issues with law enforcement regarding front plates. I wouldn't want to put them on ever.
Just got pulled over this morning for this! I guess I spoke too soon, lol! The deputy warned me about my missing front plate and my tints, but he let me go with a warning after seeing my badge (I guess it has it's use afte all). He said, "Is your car fast? I think it is." Is it really the missing plates, or does he only want to take a closer look at the car? Hmmm, now I'm debating on putting the darn thing on...
 

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I think in California, if you got your car new, the dealer should have either installed the bracket on your front bumper or given you the bracket and had you sign a piece of paper acknowledging that you turned down having it put on the car. If you decide to go with the bracket, I would certainly go to the dealer and ask for one for free. Granted, it won't be the fancy retractable kind.
Over the years, I've found that your chances of getting a ticket for this have a lot to do with the specific town where you live or spend most of your time driving. Places that rely heavily on red light or speeding cameras tend to enforce the front plate law more strictly because they need that picture of the front of the car showing the plate and the driver.
I don't remember signing a piece of paper about that, but the dealer ordered the part I need and I'm scheduled for installation this Friday. We'll see if they charge me for it.
As far as where I drive, yes, there are lots of cameras around, but I got pulled over at a four-way stop intersection in a residential area, close to where I live. It's a spot where the Sheriffs lie in wait. I've been passing through that intersection since I bought the car in their presence and never got pulled over until now. Must be a new guy or higher quotas to make? Who knows..
 
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