By Timebaseboy - 21/10/2009 04:06 - United States
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I strongly doubt this FML. A car that is parked is not in traffic. It is only in traffic that you need the mirror. You could put any pile of junk in a parking spot. And what says that the owner of the vehicle would not put a proper mirror in place before leaving with the car? Again, I don't beleive it.
Actually, I *think* that the statuates (at least in the states I've checked) state than any car on the *street* has to meet the operational conditions. So parked on the street, you need to be capable of driving it. Parked in your driveway, it doesn't matter. Doesn't make the cop not a jerk, though.
I agree with #10. In New York, even if your car has been parked for months, if it's on the street and it doesn't have all standard criteria(mirrors, lights, plate, etc) you WILL get fined because it's not considered safe. Again, even if it's been parked for months. Parking not he streets is open to all, so therefore it needs to be safe and standard to drive
I agree with #4.. Your car can have expired insurance, broken lamp, no windshield or no wheels, the cops fine you for anything if you're not driving it.
Not entirely true. Lots of municipalities have rules on the books regarding "what is allowed to park on the pubic streets", and often times "current registration/inspection/insurance" are requirements. Mostly, it's to ensure that people don't park their unregistered jalopy on the street and leave it there for months at a time. I admit it's unlikely that THIS particular case is codified in municipal code, but don't make blanket judgements like what you're describing, because it will only work out badly for you when you discover how wrong you are. ;-)
If it's not in a driveway the cop's *entirely reasonable* assumption is that it's going to get driven somewhere. You're just lucky that you didn't have to take it out on the road. In MD driving without a drivers side mirror counts as reckless driving. which is *awesome.*
If a cop can assume things to fine you, it's an insult to any democratic society. What protection do you have as an individual? If you park a car that don't meet standards to be used in traffic, you can always get a trailer to remove it. A police officer should not have the right to ASSUME that you will drive it. If you park a pile of junk in the street, you should always have the opportunity to remove it yourself or have it removed at your expense if you don't act on a warning. I doubt this FML, and will continue to do so. We're talking about the US, the land of the free, home of the brave (but maybe also the home of the oppressed...)
I would what someone else here mentioned. Take pictures of the mirror lying on the street next to the car and fight it. It sucks that some jerk was careless enough to smash it off, but to get a ticket for that as well is lame. good luck! I know mirrors can be pricey to replace if you need the whole new housing unit to, depending on what kind of car you have!