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      03-16-2008 12:51 PM #1
      I just got a ticket for having window tint. Officer wrote down that it is a traffic violation, which will go on my record. I thought window tint was a non-traffic violation? i got pulled over in Renton, near the Brown Bear Car Wash.

      The officer said he pulled me over because me exhaust was over the legal decibel level, and my tint was too dark.
      BTW, this is my first ticket!!!!! I don't want it to go on my driving record!
      anyone else recently got a ticket for their window tint?

      i just want to make something clear. I don't think the officer was a punk by giving me a ticket. I DO think he could have let me off with a warning, but he was just doing his job. FWIW, he mentioned that in the city of renton there are 128 officers of which 2 are designated for vehicle equipment violations. so its understandable that the majority of people have not gotten tickets for this.


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      03-16-2008 12:57 PM #2
      Quote, originally posted by shimmy2244 »
      The officer said he pulled me over because me exhaust was over the legal decibel level, and my tint was too dark.

      I'd fight the exhaust at least. What did he use to prove the exhaust was over legal decibel levels? Did he have a decibel meter in the car with him? I doubt that very much.

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      03-16-2008 12:58 PM #3
      Quote, originally posted by LVMYGTI »
      I'd fight the exhaust at least. What did he use to prove the exhaust was over legal decibel levels? Did he have a decibel meter in the car with him? I doubt that very much.

      he only gave me a ticket for the window tint.
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      03-16-2008 01:04 PM #4
      Quote, originally posted by shimmy2244 »
      he only gave me a ticket for the window tint.

      did he do the light passage test on your window tint? by how much did you fail?

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      03-16-2008 01:06 PM #5
      lol... the cop sounds like a tool.

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      03-16-2008 01:09 PM #6
      Quote, originally posted by PrixXxiE »
      did he do the light passage test on your window tint? by how much did you fail?

      my window tint metered at 11%
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    7. 03-16-2008 01:18 PM #7
      ive dealt with this kind of thing before and the judge said pretty much anything they pull you over for WHILE you are driving is a traffic violation, the only way it wouldnt have been is if like he got you while you were parked or something

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      03-16-2008 01:20 PM #8
      Quote, originally posted by dubaddict318 »
      ive dealt with this kind of thing before and the judge said pretty much anything they pull you over for WHILE you are driving is a traffic violation, the only way it wouldnt have been is if like he got you while you were parked or something

      HA! No. Secondary offenses are quite legal.

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      03-16-2008 01:21 PM #9
      Quote, originally posted by VW Tuna »
      lol... the cop sounds like a tool.

      all cops are...

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      03-16-2008 01:24 PM #10
      Quote, originally posted by Vee_Reihen_Driver »
      all cops are...

      i hope ur prepared to get bashed on lol.
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      03-16-2008 01:33 PM #11
      Quote, originally posted by shimmy2244 »
      my window tint metered at 11%

      I don't know about Washington, but here in Oregon I got a ticket in my old Jetta for window tint. 5%. We took it off, brought the car in and they dropped the ticket. Just a $35 admin charge..
      Call the number on the ticket and ask if you can do this.
      But like I said, I'm in Oregon.
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      03-16-2008 01:44 PM #12
      Quote, originally posted by vr6jettafrk »
      i hope ur prepared to get bashed on lol.

      Who do you think you are? go back to http://forums.vwvortex.com/zeroforum?id=352




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      03-16-2008 01:47 PM #13
      Quote, originally posted by Vee_Reihen_Driver »
      Who do you think you are? go back to NY.

      Modified by Vee_Reihen_Driver at 10:45 AM 3-16-2008

      i haven't left NY lol.
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      03-16-2008 01:49 PM #14
      Quote, originally posted by vr6jettafrk »
      i haven't left NY lol.

      your not funny....leave.
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      03-16-2008 01:50 PM #15
      back on topic please
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      03-16-2008 01:53 PM #16
      Quote, originally posted by VW Tuna »
      lol... the cop sounds like a tool.


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      03-16-2008 01:53 PM #17
      i rarely see/hear about people getting pulled over for exhaust and/or window tint in my town...

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      03-16-2008 01:58 PM #18
      Quote, originally posted by Vee_Reihen_Driver »
      i rarely see/hear about people getting pulled over for exhaust and/or window tint in my town...

      Thats exactly what the officer said. he said that in the city of renton, there were 128 officers and 2 were designated for giving out vehicle equipment violations. Just my luck. oh well.
      So does anyone know the answer to my question? i thought window tinting was a non-traffic violation.
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      03-16-2008 02:03 PM #19
      Quote, originally posted by shimmy2244 »
      Thats exactly what the officer said. he said that in the city of renton, there were 128 officers and 2 were designated for giving out vehicle equipment violations. Just my luck. oh well.
      So does anyone know the answer to my question? i thought window tinting was a non-traffic violation.

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      03-16-2008 02:03 PM #20
      Quote, originally posted by shimmy2244 »
      there were 128 officers and 2 were designated for giving out vehicle equipment violations. Just my luck. oh well.

      that is crazy luck.... . i'm thinking since its a violation of vehicle equipment then its a traffic violation.

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      03-16-2008 02:35 PM #21
      Quote, originally posted by Vee_Reihen_Driver »
      all cops are...

      I will fight my urge to "bash", but I will say that blanket statements like this will get you nowhere. I can think of one state trooper, on this forum no less, who in fact is about as cool of a cop as you can get until you try to be a smart ass know it all.
      Food for thought.

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      03-16-2008 02:45 PM #22
      If you know your tint is to dark, you knew it was to dark when you got it, and knew there was a chance of getting a ticket... Its part of having something that is illegal. Now being a traffic violation, probably not... But it is a saftey violation, and they dont need a reason to pull you over for that, its kind of like having a head light or a tail light out.

    23. 03-16-2008 02:57 PM #23
      Quote, originally posted by LVMYGTI »
      I'd fight the exhaust at least. What did he use to prove the exhaust was over legal decibel levels? Did he have a decibel meter in the car with him? I doubt that very much.

      maybe the 4" coffee can was more than enough proof j/k

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      03-16-2008 03:23 PM #24
      I got pulled over for an illegal lane change, and I have 20% tine and no front grill and I only got cited for NO INSURNACE!
      I have never been even talked to about anything like window tint or front plate! I alwasy get hit for something stupid!

    25. 03-16-2008 08:03 PM #25
      I got a ticket in Renton for parking in a firelane overnight. He wrote it as a traffic violation which makes absolutely no sense; should be a non traffic violation. Fighting it next week.

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