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Old 02-03-2014, 08:56 AM   #1
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Out of state inspection violations

I was wondering if anybody ever had a problem with inspection violations while on the road. For instance, here in PA mud flaps aren't required on pickups but in many other states they are. My understanding always was if your legal in your home state, your good to go, but recently I've heard horror stories of tickets being issued by over zealous LEOs. Apparently, most people pay the fine rather then stick around to fight it.

Is there any real world experience with this or is it just another urban legend?
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Old 02-03-2014, 09:03 AM   #2
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Sounds like an urban legend to me. In all of our travels we've never been stopped for any reason and we've traveled quite a bit through a lot of states over the past 11 years.
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first I have heard of that. You can get a ticket out of state for things like expired reg or inspection. But I have never heard of inspection violations for the state your in when your registered to another state unless its a common item like lights, tires, etc.
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Old 02-03-2014, 09:31 AM   #5
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Yea, that's what I thought too, but it can't hurt to ask!
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I was wondering if anybody ever had a problem with inspection violations while on the road. For instance, here in PA mud flaps aren't required on pickups but in many other states they are. My understanding always was if your legal in your home state, your good to go, but recently I've heard horror stories of tickets being issued by over zealous LEOs. Apparently, most people pay the fine rather then stick around to fight it.

Is there any real world experience with this or is it just another urban legend?
Never heard of any problems. But to the comment of if it is legal in your home state your okay, if they want they can cite you for things like tints on your front windows and other type items that may be legal in one state and not another. But reality is they probably will not but can.
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I got stopped in Ohio pulling a glider trailer, truck and trailer registered in Texas, for "improper mirrors"... I received a ticket and was led to the local Justice of the Peace... that happened to be the state trooper's wife... It was Sunday afternoon and she was PISSED OFF... at HIM!!! With the mirror on the windshield, I could see over the top of the trailer. She dismissed the ticket and ripped him a new arse... and I went on my way... Didn't cost me anything but about an hour that I could have been driving toward home.
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Man. I can't believe a state trooper's tickets go to a little jop court. Sounds more like a constable or city Marshall. They're famous for those kinds of stops. At least you were sent on your way with your money in you wallet.
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Never heard of any problems. But to the comment of if it is legal in your home state your okay, if they want they can cite you for things like tints on your front windows and other type items that may be legal in one state and not another. But reality is they probably will not but can.
Agreed. A typical example of being ticketed for something minor like that would be in connection with a more serious violation like hit and run, speeding, reckless operation or after being involved in an accident.
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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.
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