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March 13th, 2012, 10:34 AM #91
March 13th, 2012, 10:40 AM #92
It is a stupid law, and it wouldn't be the first time agencies have declined to enforce stupid laws.
The way the stupid thing is written, technically an ambulance is in violation if they transport a pt. across state lines with their lights on running a code even if the nearest hospital is into the next state. Going to ticket them? If you are going to enforce a stupid law, better enforce it uniformly.
Also: I never said anything about giving anybody lip or arguing with the officer on the side of the road. Doing so doesn't do anyone any good. Deal with it after the fact.My posts and opinions are mine and mine alone and do not reflect/represent any organization I am affiliated with
March 13th, 2012, 11:15 AM #93Sorry don't take Paypal/exceptions USPS money orders or cash or Walmart #5240 transfers ONLY.
March 13th, 2012, 11:18 AM #94
March 13th, 2012, 12:31 PM #95
The point that you are missing throughout all of this is officer discretion and the facts at hand. If you have lights on your car that are illegal to possess in the state of Maryland, I will probably pull you over. If you are a decent guy with a legit story and there is no evidence that you are abusing your lights, I will probably have you cover up the lights and tell you to have a safe drive. If you are some shady mope who gives me an attitude and start telling me that Google says you can have the lights, then we can take the traffic stop to the next level.
As I stated before... its all about attitude. Its not my job to screw with you, its my job to enforce the law. If I think that you are receptive to a verbal warning and a request to cover/remove the lights, then thats all you get. If you are that pig headed person that "knows their rights" and wants to argue the merits of the stop and the merits of the violation, then I need to find some other way to make sure you understand the law and to make sure I am certain that you will not be in violation of the law any longer. If that means I have to sieze the light, I will. If that means I have to impound the vehicle, I will. Its a life lesson, do the right thing and act the right way and life is so much easier.
March 13th, 2012, 01:56 PM #96
March 13th, 2012, 02:24 PM #97
And how is the public going to feel if they find out about it? Remember, it is them that you work for.
"Paramedic cited for crossing state line without covering emergency lighting."
"Johnny was written a traffic citation because he stopped to help out at a car crash and one of the cops saw he had emergency lights that were the right color for where he lives and works but not the right color for where he was. He didn't have them on, he just happened to have them, and they weren't covered."
Next time Johnny doesn't stop.
"Paramedic seen driving past the scene of car crash, refuses to stop and help."
Come on people, we're all in this together.
Most of the law enforcement I've dealt with in my career have been pretty down to earth kinda folks. Don't give them a bad name by giving someone a hard time just because you can.My posts and opinions are mine and mine alone and do not reflect/represent any organization I am affiliated with
March 13th, 2012, 05:39 PM #98
Why does it feel as though I am pissing in the wind? The original intent of this thread was someone asking whether or not he could legally drive through other states while displaying emergency lighting. Some ding dong gave horribly wrong information, which I have attemted to correct. You popped in talking about cops with an attitude problem.
If you are in violation of the law, you can be stopped, cited and equipment or vehicle potentially siezed. If you act like a dick, the chances are greater that those things could happen. Remember, the officers job is to prevent and detect crime. The officers job is to be professional throughout. If you are a dick, I'm not going to coddle you, I'm going to do my job. Ultimately, a large part of the decision about how the traffic stop goes lies with the violator and his attitude.
Justify your position any way you like, but be prepared for the consequences of your decisions.
I have never written a cop or a firefighters, but every one that I have stopped had the intelligence to be respectful. Courtesy is never promised...
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March 13th, 2012, 11:00 PM #100
I know im a few days late but you sir are wrong there is a law that states that if something is legal in your state and illegal in another they cannot ticket you for that all states have different lighting laws which is part of the reason the law was enacted as long as he doesnt use them he cannot get in trouble its like someone coming to my state which requires two license plates and your car only has one but your from out of state they cannot give you ticket for that
March 14th, 2012, 12:08 AM #101
If you are simply using their lighting as probable cause to pull them over, because you suspect something else is going on (i.e. impersonation) I'm okay with that too.My posts and opinions are mine and mine alone and do not reflect/represent any organization I am affiliated with
March 14th, 2012, 10:59 AM #102
If I see some shady looking lights in a vehicle, I will pull the vehicle over. Depending on who has them, why they have them and the attitude that I get from them, I make a decision about how to go forth with my job. Maybe its a volunteer from PA that has a right to have them in his car, isn't causing any problems and is with his family on the way to a day trip in Washington DC. I tell them to have a great day, be careful where you park and make sure to see the Air and Space museum while they are down. On the other hand, maybe its the guy that has been posing as a police officer and robbing the Hispanic immigrants down in Langley Park.
The law is fine, the law is appropriate. This is my argument, I've gone into enough detail about it. I'm fairly certain that I am done explaining the laws of MD and the complexities of my job when it comes to traffic enforcement.
March 14th, 2012, 11:40 PM #103
March 15th, 2012, 12:37 AM #104
March 15th, 2012, 11:06 AM #105
March 15th, 2012, 12:21 PM #106
March 15th, 2012, 01:57 PM #107
March 15th, 2012, 02:26 PM #108
March 15th, 2012, 05:00 PM #109
March 15th, 2012, 06:03 PM #110
That's fine. My only point is I think if you give a fellow public servant a hard time just because you have the ability to makes you a jerk. Any further discussion to be had can happen in the ring as far as I'm concerned.
March 15th, 2012, 07:20 PM #111
Send me a PM if you wish to continue arguing. I'm done being polite with you.
March 15th, 2012, 07:23 PM #112
I wonder if any LEO seen a Whelen or Federal Signal demo car and gave them a hard time?
I meet someone at a car show that owens a private dare CVPI "bright multi color painted car with big black letters that's said D.A.R.E with a lightbar". He said he travels from show to show all over the US And never had a problem but, when he was headed to Dallas going through OK, A troop stop him. He said he sat there little over an hour, from the troop holding him up.
He said the troop wrote him a citation for impersonating an officer or something and let him on his way? This Guy put a lot of money and time in to his project to help kids out and others.
He said he started the project after losing his brother to drug abuse.
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March 15th, 2012, 10:24 PM #113Senior Member
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March 15th, 2012, 11:05 PM #114
If I happen to be searching your car and come across red/blue lights I will inquire as to why you have them. Worst case scenario at this point, I collect your information and share it with local agencies as a possible impersonator.
bwoodruff, after talking all that nonsense about/to me, you don't take me up on my offer?
March 15th, 2012, 11:08 PM #115
July 11th, 2012, 06:03 PM #116
After reading the post here I also came up with this example. If some states allow you to have mounted lights as a long as you don't turn them on, you are ok. But other states make it illegal simply for possesion. So, what happens when a sheriff or other local police agency drives into another state where the lights are illegal, to extradite a prisoner back to their home state? Does the local police cite the visiting police for having in their possesion emergency lights or having the wrong color lights? I have seen out of state police escort a prisoner back while they are wearing full uniform and gun belt and marked police cars. Seems to me there needs to be a base line of common sence. Yes abuse can happen but if the authorized ff or leo is performing their job in good faith, there should be some exceptions.
July 12th, 2012, 09:18 PM #117Junior MemberVolunteer Fire/EMTEmergency ManagementCommunications
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7. The provisions of this subdivision forty-one shall not be applicable to vehicles from other states or from the Dominion of Canada which have entered this state to render police, fire or civil defense aid, or ambulance service, while such vehicles are here or are returning to their home stations if the lights on such vehicles comply with the laws of their home states or the Dominion of Canada and are displayed in this state in the same manner permitted by their home states or the Dominion of Canada, nor shall the provisions of this subdivision forty-one be deemed to amend, supersede or in any manner affect the provisions of the New York state defense emergency act as now in force or as it may be amended from time to time.
8. The provisions of this subdivision shall not be applicable to the driver of a vehicle from another state or foreign jurisdiction which vehicle has colored lights affixed but not revolving, rotating, flashing, oscillating or constantly moving if the lights on such vehicle comply with the laws of the state or home foreign jurisdiction in which the vehicle is registered.
NYS GTSC - Vehicle & Traffic Law - Section 375 (41)
This to me, by no means makes pulling over suspicious vehicles wrong to do in NY... I think if a vehicle looks suspicious in NY and is potentially an impersonator, check it out. However, to ticket for the lights or arrest someone for impersonation just for having what is legal where registered... reminds me of NJ where it is illegal to carry hollow points, and out of state LEO's have been arrested for carrying HP ammunition.
A friend that is a retired PA trooper said he once went to pick up a subject from a Jersey barracks that was holding the person on a PA warrant. When my friend entered the building, the OIC there asked what ammo he was carrying. Knowing what the NJ officer was looking for, he responded with, "For me to know and a warrant to find out." That response was due to a previous case where a couple of NYPD officers on their way to work were arrested for having hollow points in their duty pieces. Of course, the off-duty officers could have been jerks to the NJ officer... I wasn't there, so no clue.
Again, I agree the law is the law... if certain lights are illegal to have affixed, it is illegal... however, laws can be changed.
July 14th, 2012, 01:16 AM #118
In your years as a LEO how many times have you seen a ticket or arrest thrown out of court on a "Technicality"? What you see as a "technicality" i see as failure on the LEO's/ Prosecutor's part to make sure that any law enforcement action brought against somebody is done in a way that does not violate that persons rights afforded to them by our US Constitution, Bill Of Rights, and or state laws. The way "Finding another way to make them understand" sounds to me is "where the hell does this guy get off telling me that he knows his rights and question my authority, I'll teach him a lesson". I feel safe to say that most of the time the officer will get away with it and the violator will suck it up and deal with it, however sometimes that way of thinking has cost officers their jobs.
In case you haven't realized I am one of those "pig headed" people that has an above average understanding of the rights afforded me on both a state and federal level and I have voiced that understanding at times I felt appropriate.
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January 24th, 2013, 03:03 PM #119Junior MemberVolunteer Fire/EMT
Virginia, USA36 Posts
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January 24th, 2013, 11:23 PM #120
I don't really have a power trip, this is a job to me. If I pull you over for something relatively minor I usually give people the opportunity to admit their mistake. Its one of my pet peeves... I want people to take responsibility for their mistakes. If you run a stop sign and admit it and tell me you'll never do it again, you'll probably get a warning. If you run a stop sign and want to argue whether or not you ran it, I will gladly write you a citation and bring the video to court and let a judge decide. My job is to prevent future traffic infractions. If you admit your mistake and convince me that it won't happen again, I have done my job. If you want to sit on the side of the road and argue the definition of "stop", I am more than happy to let a judge explain it to you. Its not an issue of "RESPECT MY AUTHORITY", its an issue of doing my job to enforce the law and educate the offender. If you won't take the opportunity to learn from a warning, you'll learn from paying a citation or talking to a judge.
When I am referring to an idiot who "knows their rights", I am talking about one of those people that doesn't know their rights but stubbornly thinks they do. For example, as I stated before, in Maryland it is illegal to display prohibited colors like red and blue. Johnny Knucklehead has a red and blue strobe light on his dash but it isn't turned on. I pull Johnny Knucklehead over and tell him it is illegal to display red and blue. Johnny THINKS that he knows his rights and THINKS that I am not allowed to stop him cause the lights weren't turned on, they aren't the newest technology, I didn't have jurisdiction to pull him over, etc etc. Johnny decides he wants to have an argument with me because he thinks he knows what he is talking about. Thats why I put it in qoutes, because it is meant with sarcasm (which I realize doesn't translate well in the written word).
I don't mind when someone talks that knows what they are talking about when it comes to their rights, and I don't mind people asking me questions when they don't know their rights. Its annoying when someone doesn't know their rights and wants to claim that I am violating them. Some personal favorites;
-Wrote a guy a speeding ticket, he fought it in court. His argument was that since I was parked in a church parking lot to shoot laser, it was not a valid stop. He was under the impression that churches are somehow sovereign states and therefore the stop was invalid. He paid the ticket and court costs after a judge heard the story.
-Arrested a drunk driver and searched the car incident to arrest. Ended up finding something illegal in the car, can't remember what it was now. She, a recent grad from UNC LAW SCHOOL argued that I never asked permission to search, so it was an illegal search and she was going to beat the criminal charges AND sue the department. She paid the tickets and was convicted of the criminal charges plus court costs after the judge watched my in car video.
-We have a county code that requires you to identify yourself to a police officer who was reasonable cause to stop you pursuant to a suspicious situation. I stopped 2 guys who matched the description of a robbery that occurred recently. I just wanted to confirm their identities and perhaps snap a picture to send up to the detectives to help them close the robbery. One guy gave the required information but refused to allow me to take a picture... we will call him Bill. The second guy told me that he didn't have to tell me anything, cause I didn't have a reason to stop him. Lets call him Steve. I got the information from Bill and released him. I sent Bill's name to our detectives, they tracked down a mugshot for Bill and used it in a photo array. The victim thought he might be involved, but wasn't confident enough for an arrest warrant to issue. Steve refused to tell me his name cause he thought he "knew his rights". Steve was arrested, photographed and fingerprinted. Steve had never been arrested before, so his prints weren't on file. After he was printed, detectives were able to close out multiple robberies and stolen vehicles. Bet you he wished he didn't "know his rights", because without those fingerprints he never would have been convicted and would probably be a free man. As it stands, he is currently serving a multiyear stint in prison.