By Anonymous - 29/09/2014 15:42 - United States - Springfield
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48, I got out of a ticket that way. I had a busted tail light, as did the officer. I politely pointed it out to him, and he gave me a ticket. I then called his supervisor since he got smart with me when I was only trying to give him notice of the fact -after all, you can't very well see your tail light. The supervisor completely wiped the ticket off my record as though it never happened.
#48 it's still the cop's responsibility to make sure he isn't driving a car with a busted light, that police car should never have been on the road, and the officer should know better. The act of driving a car with a busted light is what is illegal, not owning a car with a busted light- if you were driving someone else's car that you happened to be insured on with a broken tail light it's still you breaking the law, not the owner of the car. To hand out a ticket for an illegal act that you are also committing is incredibly hypocritical, neither of them are right in this situation, but #52 had the right idea, I would call the supervisor, if only to make it clear what one of his officers is doing...
#86 I completely agree that, cop or civilian, diving a car with busted tail lights is illegal. But we can never know whether if the Police department knew about it and did nothing or no. The idea is, all the officer can actually do is to report it back to his supervisors, but he can't really refuse to drive the car because they didn't fix the lights. OP could've made a complaint about it, but that won't make him get away from a ticket.
Of course he can refuse to drive the car! That's exactly what he should have done! Do you think all police vehicles are in use all the time? If the light is busted then it would not be deemed 'road worthy' so either drive a different car or don't go on patrol, you can't just choose to break the law because you think you're above it, and no superior officer would force him to drive a car illegally.
I feel like the cop did the right thing. Just because he's doing something wrong doesn't negate the fact that you were doing something wrong and it's not like he can write himself a ticket. Besides at least where I'm from tickets for broken lights are wiped if you show that you had it fixed by a certain date.
The police are not allowed (by principle) to enforce any law they do not follow. (The police are NOT above the law in civilised countries.) Officers are responsible for maintenance of their vehicles even though they don't perform the work themselves. If his light it out, he may not write a ticket for someone else's light being out. OP, take the citation to his supervisor. If that fails, take it to court. It will be thrown out.
Exactly #75, it was in the *fleet* Had the cop been doing his job he would have alerted the proper authorities as to the (legally speaking) dysfunctional state of the car, and they would have given him a fully maintained alternate to use while they performed the needed work on the cruiser in question. He did not do that. He was in the wrong.
But he is being put above the law in some way if there is no penalty for him, right? No matter what, if there is no penalty on him, this situation is just unethical. You can't enforce a law you don't abide by and you can't not enforce the law. The underlying problem becomes how do we hold police officers accountable?
He could've just pointed it out as a heads up. You can't automatically assume that he was being a smart ass. If I'm pulled over and notice something, I'm going to point it out not to be a smart ass or get out of a ticket, but out of courtesy. and if I notice it driving, I'll call the non emergency line and give them the car number so THEY can give him/her a heads up. wouldn't you want someone to let you know if you had a light out and you didn't know?
its not the cops car. hes not responsible for it. if a light goes out, its up to the county to fix it, not the cop. the cop did nothing wrong, not is it a double standard. and since most cops share cars, the cop may not have noticed. telling thr cop his light is out doesnt changr the fact that OPs is out, but the now knows he need his fixed too.
Yes, but the officer shouldn't have been driving the vehicle. It would take some work, but you could get the ticket thrown out if you argued that he wasn't supposed to be out driving. That's what I've heard from someone, don't trust this. But I do know that it's somewhat easier than most people think to get out of a ticket, as long as you ask the right questions, occasionally you get lucky and find something small, but just enough to work. Like the calibration on a radar gun.
Never try to smartass a cop.
Don't you love hypocrites?