From where do you pull that idea? Driving with an obscured license plate is a violation in every state. It doesn't matter if it's a 'snowy' state or not.Vermont State Police Trooper Lewis Hatch pulled over Gregory Zullo on March 6 because he had snow partially obscuring his license plate, which is not a violation in the wintery state.
The Vermont Statutes OnlineA motor vehicle operated on any highway shall have displayed in a conspicuous place either one or two number plates as the commissioner of motor vehicles may require...The number plates shall be kept entirely unobscured, the numerals and the letters thereon shall be plainly legible at all times.
Again, no. Consent can be given for whole or part of a vehicle. Don't get me wrong, a police officer may suspect someone is hiding something based on limitations they provide, but that does not constitute reason to search beyond consent in and of itself.I am no leo just a lac but Zullo consented to a partial search. A no no when dealing with leos. Either full search or NO search at all. I think the officer saw the back peddaling "incriminating"...imo