Gee, you sure you're not in New Joisey. The aholes here won't pass you if your hair's parted on the wrong side. Adjust the brake cable and find a buddy you can borrow taillights from for an hour or two. Good luck and don't let the mutha's get you down.
I know when I lived in California it was crazy made me glad to live in Ohio. I understand sort of some of these vehicle on the road should be scraped and the ones that fog while driving need blown up and they are nothing but polluters but they have some dumb reasons to not give stickers.