Got a ticket today for a clear license plate cover

While parked at a customer in St. Paul, MN this morning I received a ticket for having a “Plastic Cover on Front Plate” according to the ticket. Apparently this is in violation of Minnesota Statue 169.79.7 which says:

Subd. 7. Plate fastened and visible. All plates must be securely fastened so as to prevent them from swinging. The person driving the motor vehicle shall keep the plate legible and unobstructed and free from grease, dust, or other blurring material so that the lettering is plainly visible at all times. It is unlawful to cover any assigned letters and numbers or the name of the
state of origin of a license plate with any material whatever, including any clear or colorless material that affects the plate’s visibility or reflectivity.

I am hopeful that since my cover is completely clear and anti-reflective II will be able to get the ticket dismissed since the fine is $108! I will post again once I know if I am successful in my appeal.

It appears that Minnesota is the only state in the union with this law according to this site and that it went into affect in 1995. In light of that though if you have what you think is a completely clear cover in Minnesota you may still get a ticket according to this statute and the fine is pretty hefty.

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How to remove Rule Lines in Microsoft OneNote 2007 on a Tablet

First of all let me first say that I struggled with this for FAR too long. When I input into OneNote via pen I tend to use the tablet input panel rather than inking directly into OneNote. Therefore I was trying to edit the “Default” template in OneNote on my tablet to not include rule lines.  I would open the templates, switch to page setup, make the change to rule lines and reapply the template. No matter what I did I couldn’t remove the rule lines, I could change the rule lines but not remove them, even though it would reflect the change in Page Setup. I then came across this KB http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922963 which lead me to believe there must be a global setting somewhere (why they don’t tell you where this is in the KB I don’t know).

Assuming this had to be in options I opened Tools | Options and sure enough there is a check box for “Create all new pages with rule lines”. At last, no more rule lines.

On a separate note it does appear that you can do some amount of template customization without creating your own templates. This is not very intuitive but if you create a new page and then switch to Font,  Page setup, etc in the right side pane and make a change it appears to save back to the template (you may also have to change back to the templates section to get it to save, I did not test this extensively). I am not sure to what depth you can customize but you can make some basic changes.