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staciec878
07-07-2007, 07:48 PM
Can I get pulled over by not having a back window? It busted out, and I was just wondering if I can still drive it??


EZMONEY
07-07-2007, 08:22 PM
I don't know for sure Stacie...but why not? You can drive in a convertible, with the back window in a truck or van rolled down etc. I would "assume" you could.

If you get a ticket...don't send it to me...wink...Gary

Sakai
07-07-2007, 09:04 PM
I don't think so. I see guys driving their trucks around with no back windows all the time.


modkittn
07-07-2007, 09:12 PM
If you put something over it that you can't see out of to close the broken window area (i.e. you tape a garbage bag over the window) then yes. But as long as you can still see through it, then no.

LindseyLouWho
07-08-2007, 01:14 AM
I agree with the sentiment that as long as you can see out of it clearly, then they don't have that as an excuse to pull you over. HOWEVER, that doesn't stop them from pulling you over for "looking suspicious because of X" or "not signaling 5 miles ago when changing lanes" or some other lame excuse so that they can waste an hour of your time searching your car. It actually really depends on if the police in your area are bored or not. I don't think you'd get a ticket in any case, though. My friend always used to get pulled over because her bumper had a big dent in it, but they'd use a lame excuse and THEN proceed to ask her about what happened to her bumper. Strange.

marblez
07-08-2007, 04:03 AM
I agree with the sentiment that as long as you can see out of it clearly, then they don't have that as an excuse to pull you over. HOWEVER, that doesn't stop them from pulling you over for "looking suspicious because of X" or "not signaling 5 miles ago when changing lanes" or some other lame excuse so that they can waste an hour of your time searching your car. It actually really depends on if the police in your area are bored or not. I don't think you'd get a ticket in any case, though. My friend always used to get pulled over because her bumper had a big dent in it, but they'd use a lame excuse and THEN proceed to ask her about what happened to her bumper. Strange.

Most warrants, firearms, and prohibited drivers are located through routine traffic stops, from incidents such as not using a signal or damaged vehicle (which can often result in an occupied unreported stolen vehicle). Just so you know :)

aymster
07-08-2007, 09:43 AM
^^I agree and I also bet it's different from State-to-State as well. I would check with your local authorities before you possibly get pulled over. Good Luck!

almostheaven
07-08-2007, 04:38 PM
HOWEVER, that doesn't stop them from pulling you over for "looking suspicious because of X" or "not signaling 5 miles ago when changing lanes" or some other lame excuse so that they can waste an hour of your time searching your car. It actually really depends on if the police in your area are bored or not.
Is that like when my daughter and I were coming out of Wal*Mart around 11 one night, left the well lit parking lot and main road, turned onto the side road, saw a car coming towards me with headlights and realized I was still driving under my DAY lamps (which are as bright as my headlights). Now the fool coming towards me with headlights was a cop. What's he do? A U-turn, hits his flashers, and gives me a WARNING because my headlights weren't on...only because he KNEW that because I TURNED THEM ON in front of him. And he couldn't give me a ticket for it, it was only a warning offense. Putz. LOL

staciec878
07-08-2007, 04:40 PM
So basically if they want to pull me over they will, just having no window gives them that little extra for a "routine traffic stop."

MoragMunch
07-08-2007, 06:25 PM
One of my ex boyfriends is a police officer and when he was doing patrol, he did say that he would stop cars that were overly rusted, or had many dents, or appeared to be generally old or damaged. Because, his feeling and the feeling of many others, was that for every visible amount of damage, there has to be twice as much hidden. So they used that as an excuse to themselves to make sure the vehicle was safe. Also, he had told me that those who drive the older cars or the damaged cars are usually the ones that are caught without insurance. And remember, they have quotas :/ This, all the while I have the ugliest oldest car around LOL.

Other things that apparently cause vehicles to be pulled over more are the tinted windows, a lot of decals on the car and how flashy it appears.

marblez
07-08-2007, 07:39 PM
Quota's are yet another myth :) There's no such thing. There's people one guy on my shift with over 100 tickets served this year, and another with 6 tickets served.

almostheaven
07-10-2007, 12:04 AM
Quota's are yet another myth :) There's no such thing. There's people one guy on my shift with over 100 tickets served this year, and another with 6 tickets served.
I think it varies with the department. Some stations may be trying to make an impression at certain times and need quotas to get officers' butts in gear.

MoragMunch
07-10-2007, 12:21 AM
Hmmm ... not sure about it being a myth. He admitted to me that they had quotas, but it could be as said, an impression thing rather than an overall requirement.

balloonlady
07-10-2007, 02:05 AM
I think you have to have a front window, but no back window is required in lots of places. It's true about old beat up cars getting pulled over more though. We had an old clunker as a second car and my husband got pulled over once because the officer said he couldn't see the tags clearly. The tags were plainly visible, but the junky car got his attention and he pulled DH over to see if there was something else wrong or ticketable.

marlu
07-10-2007, 07:40 PM
One of my ex boyfriends is a police officer and when he was doing patrol, he did say that he would stop cars that were overly rusted, or had many dents, or appeared to be generally old or damaged. Because, his feeling and the feeling of many others, was that for every visible amount of damage, there has to be twice as much hidden. So they used that as an excuse to themselves to make sure the vehicle was safe. Also, he had told me that those who drive the older cars or the damaged cars are usually the ones that are caught without insurance. And remember, they have quotas :/ This, all the while I have the ugliest oldest car around LOL.

Other things that apparently cause vehicles to be pulled over more are the tinted windows, a lot of decals on the car and how flashy it appears.

I'm poor and I drive an old car. I try to maintain it but sometimes things get overlooked.

Sounds like your boyfriend is profiling poor people.

I've always obeyed the law but I've never trusted cops.

balloonlady
07-10-2007, 09:04 PM
I'm poor and I drive an old car. I try to maintain it but sometimes things get overlooked.

Sounds like your boyfriend is profiling poor people.

I've always obeyed the law but I've never trusted cops.

Pofiling happens. My dad is a cop and he calls it "keeping an eye on the likely suspects". I told him it was bu**s**T

When my husband was pulled over I told him he was guilty of "driving while poor in Kansas." We saw a hummer with tags that had been out of date for a year and it was still on the road. How anything that big goes unnoticed for a YEAR is beyond me.

marblez
07-10-2007, 10:32 PM
Not much support for law enforcement here, eh?

That's okay, when your next-door neighbour is being assaulted by her husband or your local 7-11 gets held up at gunpoint, there's people like me that stay awake for 12 hours straight at 4am in order to help. Then we go home to our families. As much as I am called some nasty, nasty names daily, my life threatened, I'll still be there for you! Some of my co-workers have bullet wounds.

Just remember that! Try going on a ride-a-long one night :) Once you see a mangled body in a car accident, speak to the family of a missing alzheimer's patient and see someone whose home has been broken into, you'll have a different outlook on life. And that's just in one night. Perhaps you'll see that we're not "out to get you" but to just do a job and go home safe.

balloonlady
07-10-2007, 10:56 PM
Not much support for law enforcement here, eh?



I have lots of support for law enforcement. My father has been a cop for nearly 25 years and I know how important/dangerous the job is. I'm just saying profiling DOES happen. No use to pretend it doesn't.

cbmare
07-11-2007, 02:30 PM
I got stopped once for a tail light. Or better yet, for a tail light that wasn't working. I pulled over and rolled down my window. He walked up, sniffed and asked if I had an open container in the car.

I looked to the back, then back at him and said, "Yeah. Kinda." I had the entire back of the blazer filled with garbage bags filled with empty beer and soda cans. He looked in and realized that I was going to the recycle center.

He mentioned my tail light and told me to keep my window open to air out the car.

We were both chuckling at that one. Yep, I had open containers. They were empty, which in Calif. can land you in jail, but they were obviously not being consumed or recently consumed.

I think you'll be OK.

almostheaven
07-11-2007, 03:43 PM
I've driven wrecks many times and didn't get pulled over. I have no doubt that profiling happens. I actually find its somewhat necessary if done properly. You can drive a beat up wreck all day long and not get pulled over. But if you drive it after 9 pm through Beverly Hills, you'll likely get pulled over...especially if there have been recent problems in the area.

I bet that's why this guy pulled me that day because of my lights. It was Friday night, late. I guess he couldn't know that it was just mom and daughter coming back from Wal*Mart. But still. He DID see me turn them on yet had to make a U-turn to come get the "bad guys". So he could've run my plate and found I'd just stolen that car and just discovered the headlights weren't on when I saw the "pig". Much to his dismay though, he ran the plates and found not even one speeding ticket. LOL