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Pulled over for green lights and license plate mod

Few weeks ago a cop pulled me over because apparently green lights are illegal and when I drove by him he saw that I modded my license plate as well so double whammy. Oh and that I didn't have a front plate so triple whammy.


Told him it was just vinyl wrap on the lights and vinyl wrap on the plate and that I could take it off right there. He said since I was very respectful to him, to correct it before the specified date, show proof, and there will be no fee.


Got a letter in the mail yesterday stating a $299 fee WITH proof of correction. I Lol'd.



This is what it looked like








 

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Few weeks ago a cop pulled me over because apparently green lights are illegal and when I drove by him he saw that I modded my license plate as well so double whammy. Oh and that I didn't have a front plate so triple whammy.


Told him it was just vinyl wrap on the lights and vinyl wrap on the plate and that I could take it off right there. He said since I was very respectful to him, to correct it before the specified date, show proof, and there will be no fee.


Got a letter in the mail yesterday stating a $299 fee WITH proof of correction. I Lol'd.



This is what it looked like








It's not just green... Lights must not replace or disrupt any of your vehicle’s required existing lights (such as tail lights, brake lights, turn signals, or headlights)

If you want stylized marker lights, you need a different vehicle...:)
 

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I wouldn't have known about the plate, but I don't know how you could think that covering your lights with anything would be legal.
 

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Bay area cops seems to have become very active in handing out tickets these days. Since the last couple of months, not a day goes by when I do not see someone pulled over. I was pulled over for using the mobile device while I was at a stop light that is known to stay red for a minute or two.
 

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Yeah, that looks great, but when you change the color of the license plate, a cop is just not going to overlook that.

I got pulled over for having a perfectly clear plastic protective cover over my license plate. We have a state law against covers that obscure the plate, but it specifically states that clear ones are exempt. Mine was *not* the tricky kind that hide at certain angles. Cop would not let me drive away with my car until I produced the correct tool and removed the cover on the side of the freeway. The only reason I installed it in the first place is because our license plates are so cheap that they begin to peel and look horrible after several years exposed to the sun.
 

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I wouldn't have known about the plate, but I don't know how you could think that covering your lights with anything would be legal.

I thought only blue and red were not allowed since they resemble police vehicles. I had and currently have yellow film on my DRL's which is perfectly fine


I asked the officer and he said that only amber is allowed and that is what I had before with my Batmobile themed Volt.


Told him to pull me over when he sees me again to check out my car lol

Beautiful car, tasteful mods, ready for Auto Show. But not street.......

This one is ready for the street. And legal


 

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Wow, that was a quick change to yellow. It is neat that there is a black license plate option in CA. Definitely looks better on a car like this vs. the white plates.
 

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That could be the primary reason he pulled you over in the first place.

I was at a red light by myself. He was pulling out at the intersection and I noticed him driving slow checking out my car. He drove down the road and made a u-turn, came back to the intersection, he was driving slow, he turned, I turned at the light, he pulled over on this backstreet, I drove by him and he flipped his lights on.


He also called another cop SUV over a few minutes later. 2 cops just hanging out and taking pics of my car. Was kind of funny that there was 2 cops
 

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I think they like checking out unusual cars.
There are only 270-280 Volts in my country, so most don't know what they are.

A few days back, heading home after midnight, drove past a police Ford Territory as it pulled out from the side lane.
I had been in the left lane, (slow lane - we drive on the left here), so I made a quick lane change across to the middle lane to make room for them to come out.

Another car was further back in the new lane, (may have been Police also, or more likely I got mixed up with who is who), and it crept up behind me almost to tailgate distance. There is another, third lane, if they want to go past, (I'm doing the heavily policed speed limit minus 1 km/hr)
Red lights stopped me, the car behind, (most likely the first police car by now), stopped behind me.
Green light, I accelerated moderately, (more than I wanted to, I like hypermiling, but no reason to this time)
Two other lanes, but the car stayed behind, quite close, as if to make a statement that I had stolen their lane.
Another red.
When green, full throttle launch!
Resume cruise control once past 30 km/hr, limit here is 80
I had made my statement.
20 seconds, blue and red lights flashing.

So that confirmed where the police car had gone.

They said quite fast, I retorted cruise resume, she said, "What sort of car is it?".
"Holden Volt, electric".
It does say on the rear, maybe I should add a huge sticker that says electric.

I think they were bored and curious.
 

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but did you get a ticket?
 

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You'd probably have gotten away with the other issues if you hadn't modded the license plate.



Cops really have an issue with that. The street rodders have similar stories to yours.
 

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I think something is going on in CA. I got pulled over and ticketed today for tint on the passenger and drivers side windows. It is pretty light but I guess not light enough as in not supposed to be there. It is just another cost. Too bad as you see cars all over the place with really dark tint all the way around. Plus it really made a big difference in the heat.
 

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I think something is going on in CA. I got pulled over and ticketed today for tint on the passenger and drivers side windows. It is pretty light but I guess not light enough as in not supposed to be there. It is just another cost. Too bad as you see cars all over the place with really dark tint all the way around. Plus it really made a big difference in the heat.
I'm a bit surprised at being pulled over for the tint density, but perhaps that is enforced in your town. It's rarely enforced in many California towns, although I'm sure they pull it out selectively.

The law in California is that you need both front and rear plates. Unless you don't have any plates at all, or only drive in well-off areas. Then it's apparently perfectly fine to omit the front plate. In Silicon Valley there are many high-end cars that don't have front plates, and perhaps are even using faded dealer advertisements instead of rear plates. But if you live in a poorer area or have a beat-up car, you better be 100% correct or you'll be paying one of those $50 fines that is $500 with the tacked-on fees.

As for improper lighting color, that's a serious safety violation. Only amber and white lights are allowed forward, and only red and amber lights (as turn signals) rearward. Police far too frequently ignore incorrectly wired reverse lights or turn/brake signals that show as white light. And dim purple lights often get a pass. But they'll come down hard on anything that is green or blue.
 

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Bay area cops seems to have become very active in handing out tickets these days. Since the last couple of months, not a day goes by when I do not see someone pulled over. I was pulled over for using the mobile device while I was at a stop light that is known to stay red for a minute or two.
Respectfully - Lame excuse. Sounds like you were on he phone while operating a motor vehicle.
 
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