Do you know how many XKE's were butchered by that front plate? Hols drilled or pounded only to be ripped out by the plate rattling in the wind. And that is to say nothing of the damage to her aerodynamics, and heat damage of starving the precious air getting to her radiator.
Politics... Any way to raise a buck. Traffic court is not about making better drivers, it's about doe ray me, exploit, a serious cash cow for the governing bodies, and no front plate is just something easy to see, to write you a ticket.