I was one block away from my house, when a motorcycle officer passed me, and pulled a U turn behind me. I turned on to my street and he turned on his lights.
He walks up to my car, and I already have my license on top, followed by my Oregon CHL, insurance and registration and hold it out the window before he even starts to talk.He tells me that my window tinting is too dark and asked for a “tinting certificate”.
I continue to hold my documents out the window and he finally takes them, looks at my CHL, and asks me, “where’s your gun at”? I told him it was on my right hip under my jacket. He replied with, “OK”.
I then explained to him that I purchased my car new from a Toyota dealership in Texas and had the tinting applied there. I explained that I moved to here to go to the University of Oregon. He told me that the laws vary on tinting percentage state to state, and that this looked like an honest mistake.
He then told me that traffic enforcement seldom give warnings, and rarely give verbal warnings, and if he were to write me a ticket that it would be a $270 fine. He told me to, “get it fixed”, and to have a nice day.
I wonder if I got off because I volunteered my CHL (which is not required by law in Oregon) or because it really was an honest mistake like he said, or both… no one knows but him.