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Old 02-06-2014, 08:09 AM   #11
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for personal vechicles in most cases your fine from state to state, if you have DOT numbers on the side of your TV, then they can get you for just about anything, (even if your towing on TT on personal time)
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Old 02-06-2014, 08:40 AM   #12
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The only people I've ever seen that got stopped were people who really deserved it for something obviously dangerous.
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Old 02-06-2014, 08:49 AM   #13
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Let's clarify a minute. LEO's can not enforce vehicle inspections from other states. What they can and do enforce are general safety such as unsafe tires (bald/low tread), improper lighting, ect. These are enforceable state to state because they are federal standards for safety.
If a vehicle has more than 1/3 of the height of the rear axle tire exposed, mudflaps are required. And they should be. Who wants a cracked windshield from a vehicle, that could be prevented by the mudflaps.
It's all about keeping people safe, operators and pedestrians alike.
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Old 02-06-2014, 09:03 AM   #14
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I've intentionally stayed out of this discussion, because I'm retired LE (Deputy Sheriff), but I have to correct something before it gets blown out of proportion. To Schrederman,
we DO NOT have Justice of the Peace in Ohio, and an Ohio State Trooper would NOT take you to a local court. You would have been issued a warning, ticket, etc. and released. The situation you describe sounds like a village police officer and his wife would have been the mayor of said village and you were taken to a mayors court, very similar to a kangaroo court. Why Ohio doesn't do away with mayors courts is an economic only issue. Sorry for the rant, but I'm sensitive about mis-information.
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Old 02-06-2014, 12:10 PM   #15
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I've intentionally stayed out of this discussion, because I'm retired LE (Deputy Sheriff), but I have to correct something before it gets blown out of proportion. To Schrederman,
we DO NOT have Justice of the Peace in Ohio, and an Ohio State Trooper would NOT take you to a local court. You would have been issued a warning, ticket, etc. and released. The situation you describe sounds like a village police officer and his wife would have been the mayor of said village and you were taken to a mayors court, very similar to a kangaroo court. Why Ohio doesn't do away with mayors courts is an economic only issue. Sorry for the rant, but I'm sensitive about mis-information.
Exactly. Thats what I tried to "sensitively" say earlier. Only takes a few bubba cops to give us all a bad rep.
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Old 02-06-2014, 11:58 PM   #16
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I've intentionally stayed out of this discussion, because I'm retired LE (Deputy Sheriff), but I have to correct something before it gets blown out of proportion. To Schrederman,
we DO NOT have Justice of the Peace in Ohio, and an Ohio State Trooper would NOT take you to a local court. You would have been issued a warning, ticket, etc. and released. The situation you describe sounds like a village police officer and his wife would have been the mayor of said village and you were taken to a mayors court, very similar to a kangaroo court. Why Ohio doesn't do away with mayors courts is an economic only issue. Sorry for the rant, but I'm sensitive about mis-information.
To clarify... I am not sure (due to this being a while ago) if it was a state trooper. I am not sure it was a JP. He did not compell me to go. I didn't want to leave the state with a problem unsolved so I asked if I could take care of this now. Reason: I traveled through there often at the time and didn't want problems. He said to follow him and we could get it handled. You are correct that misinformation can blow things out of proportion. I used the terms I used just for convenience of a poor memory, but the incident did indeed happen. I hope you were not implying otherwise. Pardon me for not expressing myself better.
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Old 02-07-2014, 06:25 AM   #17
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Way back in the day when I was young, stupid and used to mod my cars this question came up a lot. In those days, the rule was always that you needed to know the laws of the state you're travelling through and to make sure you're in compliance.

Of course at that age, the belief was that everyone was out to get you and that if if you modified a car you of course must be up to no good.

Local LEOs are most likely to be more concerned with things like radar detectors, body kits, wings, lights and anything else they associate with street racers then they are with the average person who does or doesn't have mud flaps.
Were you a (Moonshine Runner)? Did you pursue a Nascar job? Youroo!!
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Old 02-07-2014, 09:31 AM   #18
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Big change from "led me to jop" to "I asked the office if I could get this resolved." So the jerk officer is now the accommodating public servant who assisted the driver with his request for special treatment. Easy to see how easily stories get accidentally misconstrued. Glad this one was cleared up.
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Old 02-07-2014, 10:22 AM   #19
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Usually, things that are uncommon in other states are clearly announced by signage at the state line. For example - upon entering Virginia you will note large, easy to read signs that radar detectors are illegal. If you are pulled over for a violation, such as speeding, and a detector is visible, it will be confiscated.
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Old 02-07-2014, 05:23 PM   #20
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Were you a (Moonshine Runner)? Did you pursue a Nascar job? Youroo!!

Nope, just one of those 20 somethings that watched Fast and Furious and thought the cars were cool. Then I grew up, got married, had kids and now look at the bank account and think "Why did I ever waste my money on that stuff? I sure could use it now."
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