Seriously? Do you know if this varies from state to state? Never even considered that having my third brake light removed might get me ticketed. To pass inspection in Texas, my girlfriend had to replace the burned out 3rd brake light bulb in her pick-up, but I don't even have the bracket/ tire carrier mounted to my Jeep anymore. I guess that if there is a law on the books, than older vehicles are exempt.(?)I like the thru the wheel idea. I would worry about tickets if I removed the light.