That's what I figured, but it's a 15-day fix-it ticket and with the holiday coming up which will make it a 4-day no-shipping window from UPS, I decided to play it safe. It's not like I can just slap some screws in and call it good, I need the frame-mounted type since I have no more quarter panels in the rear and there's nothing to really mount them to in the front.
What gets me is that it was around midnight on my way back from work and the cop somehow sees this going the opposite direction at 35 MPH in complete darkness other than headlights. Must have rear view mirror with zoom and night vision I guess. Nevermind picking on my poor little XJ with all of the 2' lifted brodozers I see driving around or trucks without flaps that are stock right off the showroom floor. And I still don't get why it's legal to not need flares or flaps in some states but they are complete Nazis about it here.
Ugh. Just a stupid expense to have with the holidays coming up, but I guess I'd rather shell out for them than pay a $124 ticket and get nothing out of it.