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Is red translucent tape over a tail light grounds for reasonable suspicion for a traffic stop ?

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I am a second year Bachelor's degree student and I am trying to word a point in a paper in my criminal procedures class as strongly as possible and was hoping for some opinions. We have a case study with 5 questions to answer at the end based on the facts that we were given. I have now formed a 5 page paper but there are a lot of missing points that could in some way or another change the entire outcome of whether the stop was legal in the first place. It stated that the officer notice the tail light was covered with a colored tape.  My question, from anyone with experience, is does there have to be white light shining through a part of the tail light for a stop to be warranted/ is translucent red tape still considered an equipment violation.


I have tried to search my states statutes and can not find anything helpful. I am by no means an idiot or trying to cheat, as I have a 4.0 GPA all on my own haha. but i want to make sure I am making sense with this one point before I submit a paper that is worth just as much as my final exam. Thank you!

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Welcome to Police Link Amanda.A 4.0 G.P.A. is great.Mine was a 3.85.Yes,in the two states I worked it is an equipment violation and reasonable grounds for a stop.However,in my twenty seven years I never made a stop for same.There was simply too many more vital things to accomplish.Much good fortune in your degree work.

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 Try looking for a section that requires vehicles to be good working order/repair while being driven on the road...


There is a common LEO principle...letter of the law vs spirit of the law... Letter of the law says if you get caught speeding, you get a ticket. Spirit of the law means stopping and educating you on the dangers of speeding is good enough

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 Look also in vehicle equipment requirements and what lights are required and what colors are approved and where. Texas has a no white light to the rear (lp lights are white but must  shine on the lp) for an example. The lighting violations can be used a part of the totality of circumstances to lead to identification and investigation after a traffic stop. War story: Late at night I stopped a tractor trailer rig for displaying a red light to the front. Driver identified and warned for the equipment violation, arrested for several felony warrants out of Houston Texas. It is a piece of the big picture and can lead to who knows where when used properly.

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I want to thank you all for answering Amanda without someone throwing in the monkey wrench and being less than hospitable. Good job guys


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 Here in NC that is not enough PC for a traffic stop but heck, if you can't find enough PC to stop someone after following them for a few minutes then you aren't observant enough. Also here in NC if you allow the white light to face backwards (busted red lens) that IS an equipment violation that will harvest you a $200 ticket. Better go find some red tape!


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I want to thank you all for answering Amanda without someone throwing in the monkey wrench and being less than hospitable. Good job guys



Bill, I think she got real answers because she took the time to let us know she had taken the time to at least try to research her state laws, she just needed some better directions ! LOL I agree with you, it is nice to see REAL answers .


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According to what I learned here in California in Criminal Justice coursework -


Yes.

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 Yes, it probable cause for a stop.


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Tail light lenses have to be approved by the Department of Transportation on all motor vehicles.  Tape does not fall uner the DOT standards.  So the answer to your question is,Yes it is probable cause for a traffic stop. And a good ticket for required equipment on a motor vehicle, if the officer so desires.


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