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    Default Ticketed for a Brake Light That Actually Works

    My question involves vehicle maintenance laws for the State of: New Jersey

    I was pulled over this evening for I don't know what. I was traveling the speed limit and not swerving. The police vehicle that was tailing me for a good mile initiated a traffic stop. He asked for my paperwork which was all in order and asked, "Are you aware your drivers side brake light is nonfunctional?" I said no. he then walked back to his patrol car.. A good 10 min later, he comes back with a ticket for 54 dollars.... I was a bit irritated, but I was polite and kind to the officer, and figured, "He's a cop, so it must be true." I got to my destination and had friends step on my brake pedal numerous times, and ALL OF MY LIGHTS ARE FUNCTIONAL! Brake lights, tail lights and turn signals!! I continued to check my brake lights all night just to be sure it wasn't a temporary short, but my lights continue to function normally.
    What do I do?? I feel like I'm being robbed, was I just made a fool of by a peace officer?? Somebody who you're supposed to trust??

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    Default Re: Ticketed for a Brakelight That Actually Works

    you can argue and bring in witnesses .. but it does not look good for you

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    Default Re: Ticketed for a Brake Light That Actually Works

    This is a fix-it ticket? What code section?

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    Default Re: Ticketed for a Brake Light That Actually Works

    Quote Quoting Mr. Knowitall
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    This is a fix-it ticket? What code section?
    There may be hope? A fix-it-ticket would require corrective action though ... is an inspection enough of a corrective action? And will a judge accept it as a solution?

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    Default Re: Ticketed for a Brake Light That Actually Works

    I know I'm six months behind on reading this, but NJ doesn't have "fix-it-tickets".

    When your issued a ticket for anything that is broken or needs to be fixed on your vehicle, you pay the full amount of the ticket and then you decide if you want to fix your vehicle or not.

    If you have deep pockets, you just keep eating the tickets.
    I'm not a lawyer, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.......

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    Default Re: Ticketed for a Brake Light That Actually Works

    A similar situation happened to me. Bottom line - don't trust the guy just because he's a cop. I was pulled over a few years ago for no apparent reason. The cop approached my vehicle and I asked why I was stopped. He said that my license plate was missing the required registration sticker. Unfortunately, for this cop trying to fabricate PC to initiate a stop, I was 100% positive that I had put the sticker on myself just the week before. So when the cop told me this, I was truly shocked. I told the cop that I did not believe his allegation and requested to step out and walk to the back of the vehicle with him to verify his allegation. As you can guess, I was apologized to and told to be on my way.

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    Default Re: Ticketed for a Brake Light That Actually Works

    Stop. Posting. To. Old. Threads.

    This thread is over a year old. Just stop.

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