We have a 2001 Civic that my recent HS grad daughter drives a few miles to school and back. When she leaves for college in a few months we're getting rid of it. My daughter in law drove it on a short errand yesterday at about 2 in the afternoon in bright sunlight. She was pulled over by our local PD a few blocks from our home. The officer told her that we had deliberately stripped the reflective coating off our license plate to avoid detection at night and gave her a ticket. It isn't a fine but it is a notice to appear in court anytime between now and Sept 13. This is in Los Angeles County, specifically the city of Glendale. No one has intentionally stripped the coating off the plate, it's 18 years old and the coating has peeled away. I have a 17 year old F150 that is showing the same thing. Has anyone out there ever experienced this or heard about this? What can we expect to happen at court? Does the state of CA owe us a new plate with good reflective coatings? Do we have to buy a new one? Doesn't the PD have better things to do? Isn't there a better way to handle this without a court appearance?