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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. :danceban:

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.
 

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Mostly same thing happened to me in Georgia. I was on my way from Ft. Bragg to St. Augustine and got pulled over 'cause my tint was too dark. I have Florida registration, and my tint is legal in Florida. He told me that, if I was planning on doing a lot of travel through Georgia, I should consider "fixing" my tint.
 

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Courtesy and an even-keeled attitude (on BOTH your parts) go a long way in traffic stops. Being stright-up and honest about everything (including your permit) 'probley' got you further than anything.

Good stop and good job for both of ya'll. Double check that tint!

Mostly same thing happened to me in Georgia. I was on my way from Ft. Bragg to St. Augustine and got pulled over 'cause my tint was too dark. I have Florida registration, and my tint is legal in Florida. He told me that, if I was planning on doing a lot of travel through Georgia, I should consider "fixing" my tint.
Off-topic: where'd that stop take place?
 

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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.
When you get face planted, cuffed and have your weapon taken from you because you volunteered your CHL will it be an honest mistake?
 

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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.
- I was pulled over for speeding a few weeks ago (48mph in a 35mph) at night. I was about a mile from my house. I turned on my inside lights and handed over my license and registration. I did not inform about my CCW nor the fact that I was armed (CT is has not requirement to inform).

The cop was extremely polite and asked if I was on my way home. I politely told him that I just "spaced" out a little since I was so close to my house. He asked when the last time I was pulled over for speeding and I told him it was about 10 years ago. He went back to his car and let me go with a warning about 10 minutes later.

I highly doubt it would have been any different if I showed him my CCW. My polite demeanor, honesty and cooperation were most likely what did it.
 

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Mostly same thing happened to me in Georgia. I was on my way from Ft. Bragg to St. Augustine and got pulled over 'cause my tint was too dark. I have Florida registration, and my tint is legal in Florida. He told me that, if I was planning on doing a lot of travel through Georgia, I should consider "fixing" my tint.
Sounds like someone needs to look at the laws again (LEO)....if you're car is registered & legal in FL...why even try to apply NC laws during a traffic stop? It will just get thrown out in court....there is nothing wrong with your tint...until you register your car in NC.

Crazy...or veiled threat?
 

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I live in Eugene also, and a few weeks ago the same thing happened to my buddy. He recently brought his car back from back east after his tour was over. He got pulled over and was given a ticket. Hid did not however have a CHL hmmm. It's crazy those motorcycle cops are out there every day rain or shine. They always travel in pairs so if you see one of them the other is sure to be close by.
 

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Sounds like someone needs to look at the laws again (LEO)....if you're car is registered & legal in FL...why even try to apply NC laws during a traffic stop? It will just get thrown out in court....there is nothing wrong with your tint...until you register your car in NC.

Crazy...or veiled threat?
was thinking the same thing myself.....here in Texas we have laws about our registration and inspection stickers being placed on the windshield, and we can't enforce that on cars from out of state....I would think the same thing would apply here,
but I just woke up :smile:

good on the cop with OP, good judgment

my only question is why move from Texas to go to school up there?
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just kidding, good luck with school
 

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Bogus stop?

I then explained to him that I purchased my car new from a Toyota dealership in Texas and had the tinting applied there.
Sounds like a bogus excuse to pull you over. Don't know with certainty, but probably original equipment tint automatically meets Oregon standards. And, unless the tint was clearly way too dark, his eyes aren't sharp enough to detect the minor differences which may be legal in one place and not another.

If that was a valid reason to pull you over, he could sit on I-5 and stop every car coming north from a southwestern state.

Sounds like BS on h is part, but glad it worked out for you.
 

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When I lived in GA, the tint laws vary county to county. I had a Bryan county tag and was passing through Macon when a State Patrol pull me over on I-16 (for tint, of all reasons) and told me if I was going to frequent this area, I needed to loose the tint and it was left at that (no ticket). If I had a local tag, I would surely have gotten a ticket. I didn't have my CCW back then, but it seems that officers respond positively towards that as well.
 

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Mostly same thing happened to me in Georgia. I was on my way from Ft. Bragg to St. Augustine and got pulled over 'cause my tint was too dark. I have Florida registration, and my tint is legal in Florida. He told me that, if I was planning on doing a lot of travel through Georgia, I should consider "fixing" my tint.
Be very polite, but you can ignore his suggestion.:wave::ziplip:

To the OP...
Any time you escape a ticket from a M/C cop, rush out and buy a lottery ticket, because it WAS your lucky day.IMHO:king:
 

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Sounds like you cam out ahead on this one... Go buy a lottery ticket...
 

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Sounds like a good experience, but how exactly do you "fix" tinting? I'm assuming if it was factory applied, it would require taking it in to remove properly. That sounds expensive to me. :frown:
 

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When I moved to CA in 2004, I had a simuliar stop but different out come. I spent Thursday and Friday getting my cars inspected for pollution by a licensed garage and then had the cars inspected by Motor Vehicle Department (State Police officer) and then paid an outrageous sum of money for fees, taxes and registration. On Sunday I took my family to Muir Woods to see the red woods. Diving thru Oakland on 580, we were stopped by a CHIP officer. Hands on the wheel, window down, warning lights on and engine off. He had his gun drawn and on his side. When he looked inside, he holstered it. He told me I was stopped because of my dark tint windows. I told him I just had the car inspected by a State office on Friday and nothing was said about the windows and the car just came from FL the week before. He said it wasn't their job to notify me - it was my issue to know and comply with the law. It was a 2003 Black Lincoln LS with bright wheels and sport package air effects. He took my license and reg then came back with a $110 ticket. He told me only druggies, pimps and gang members ride around in vehicles like this. I could pay the $110 fine and risk another ticket or get the film removed, have the car reinspected and pay only $20 fine.
It would have taken me 2 days off work to get the windows fixed , the car inspected and the go to court to save $90. I paid the fine and over the next 3 years, we were never stopped by an police any where in CA. Plus my other car had the same tint and no one bothered me in that for the next 3 years.
I think I found an officer that didn't like an old, bald white guy pretending to be a banger!
I miss CA for the shooting, the weather and the natural beauty. They can keep the attitude, the taxes, the high cost of living and the crime. They worked hard to screw themselves, I hope they enjoy it.
 

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To me it sounds like a "lawbook" stop. Certain people tend to have certain auto traits like window tint, aftermarket wheels/parts, or loud sound systems. These traits indicate that there may be other "issues" present in their cars like drugs, alcohol, or wants/warrants. So, LEO tend to stop these kinds of cars more often than the ubiquitous "green Chevy" that has none of these indicators Thus, LEO have a bunch of "lawbook reasons" that they can for the stop that will carry the stop in court. (Which gives extreme deference to LEO even when patently stupid and outrageous.)

When LEO stop these cars, every so often one turns out to be a law abiding citizen who is older, straight cut, and there isn't any indication of drugs or alcohol or other "issues" that LEO can use for a fishing expedition. So, LEO says something silly like "get your tint fixed" and lets the motorist go. And the motorist thinks that they "got lucky." In reality it was the officer who wasn't so lucky and the motorist had to put up with a violation of their rights.
 

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That this imply that although my tint is legal in my state I am not allowed to drive to other state during the weekend just because it my tint is illegal in that state? And what about states that do not require vehicle inspection; should a car owner not be allowed to drive with his car during the weekend to a state that requires vehicle inspection? I might be missing something here, but it sounds a little weird to me :blink:
 

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Tinting laws make no sense -- is the point because officers feel they should be able to see what's going on inside your car? Or do they think you won't be able to see out so it's a safety hazard? It's interesting you can have vans with no windows, but can't have windows that are too dark. Glad you came out on top! Seems like a waste of time. Makes one think that perhaps an officer recognizes a hard working person going to school taking their safety into their own hands.
 

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Tinting laws make no sense -- is the point because officers feel they should be able to see what's going on inside your car?
My second job requires me to approach strange vehicles on a fairly regular basis. I get very nervous walking up to any vehicle that I can't see into because I don't know if you have a gun or not or if it's pointed in my direction. I imagine those tinting laws are written W/ the same idea in mind
 

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Tinting laws make no sense -- is the point because officers feel they should be able to see what's going on inside your car? Or do they think you won't be able to see out so it's a safety hazard? It's interesting you can have vans with no windows, but can't have windows that are too dark. Glad you came out on top! Seems like a waste of time. Makes one think that perhaps an officer recognizes a hard working person going to school taking their safety into their own hands.
I think its some of both.
I used to be in the camp of it being a ridiculous law. But then I drove cars that had moderate tint and some with heavy tint, and at night it is an issue with visibility.
Now that I'm a LEO I see the reason for the law in a totally different manner. I had to deal with this exact situation last night on a felony stop with a weapon situation. The tint was too dark to see into the car and someone was supposed to have a gun in the car they just used to threaten someone at a store. After nobody else got out of the car (were 2 in it but tint was so dark we couldn't see if there was anyone else or not) we had to approach and clear the car. I had the shotgun at the ready but it was still a tense moment. Thankfully all ended well.
 
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