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Must have been a slow day

by JP Bill / November 29, 2009 5:46 AM PST

My sister (that lives in New Jersey) was driving home from work.

Noticed a police car behind her. She had cruise control set and wasn't going above the speed limit, police stayed behind her, made no attempt to pass, neither did any other cars. For about 4 or 5 minutes

She turned her windshield wipers on, just to make one pass, to clear the mist off windshield.

Lights and horn from cruiser.

License and registration...

Warning for driving in the rain without headlights on.

Clear mist off windshield....it's raining?

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she should go to court
by James Denison / November 29, 2009 6:47 AM PST

Claim she was using her washer fluid to clean the windshield. That won't qualify for a ticket.

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(NT) she just got a warning
by JP Bill / November 29, 2009 8:02 AM PST
In reply to: she should go to court
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Don't know about there
by Roger NC / November 29, 2009 11:30 AM PST

but here if the wipers are on pulse, you don't have to run the lights, if they're on continuously, you do, according to everything I've been told. How crazy a definition is that?

Funny thing is, I've yet to hear of anyone I know personally, or someone in their family and close friends, getting a ticket. For some reason the cops don't seem interested in stopping a car in the pouring rain to give a ticket for an offense that is one of the least in terms of seriousness and penalties.

Heck, I wish they would do something about those driving in the rain at twilight and almost into full dark without lights.

Of course, I'd also like to see all those new factory option "fog lights" banned. Fog lights used to be small, low, normally yellow, and unoffensive. Now they're as bright as the dim lights. You meet a pickup truck with fog lights on driving a car and you're staring into 4 headlamps and can't see a thing. It's as bad or worse than meeting someone with bright lights on.


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blue laser lights
by James Denison / November 29, 2009 4:31 PM PST
In reply to: Don't know about there

I want them to ban all those european style extremely bright and focused bluish lights on some of the upscale foreign models. It's like laser lights going down the road.

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(NT) SilverStream?...Angel Eyes?
by JP Bill / November 29, 2009 8:07 PM PST
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by James Denison / November 29, 2009 10:48 PM PST

High Intensity Discharge headlights.

"Traditional automotive bulbs are either made of tungsten or halogen, both of which rely on a superheated filament for illumination. On the other hand, the bluish tint you see on HID-equipped vehicles is from a lighting technology that uses no filament whatsoever. HID bulbs create light much like a mercury vapor lamp: a high-pressure gas is excited between high-voltage electrodes. The bulbs are filled with xenon gas, which is why HID headlights are often referred to as xenon headlights. Now, with the flick of the headlight switch, the xenon gas turns into white-hot plasma light in seconds. A single HID bulb is so bright that it can handle the job of two incandescent filaments. Once illuminated, HID light output is three times that of halogen,...As HID light is more intense, the bulbs are typically placed behind projector beam headlight assemblies. These lenses allow the bright HID beam to be very focused,..."

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Those also
by Roger NC / November 30, 2009 6:42 AM PST
In reply to: blue laser lights

you can't see anything when meeting one on a two-lane, bidirectional highway.

And I actually met one car with blue lights and blue fog lights once. Not only couldn't I see when we met, I couldn't see properly for several seconds afterward.

If I ever went berserk, it would probably be headlights I'd be riding down the road gunning for.

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toyota owners angry over HID lights
by James Denison / December 2, 2009 8:39 AM PST
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Seems they don't last as long as advertised and cost a bundle to replace, and to top it off, they aren't under warranty.


Hundreds of previous-generation Prius owners have filed complaints with the U.S. Transportation Department, claiming the hybrid?s headlights prematurely expire, leaving owners with enormous repair costs. The complaints involve previous-generation Prius models equipped with option high-intensity discharge headlights. Disgruntled owners are upset that Toyota?s warranty doesn?t cover the HID bulbs. Including labor, the HID systems typically cost between $300 and $1,800 to replace.

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(NT) high powered halogen, i HATE them
by jonah jones / November 29, 2009 8:54 PM PST
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maybe you mean these?
by James Denison / November 30, 2009 2:54 AM PST
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i'd have to check
by jonah jones / December 1, 2009 3:31 AM PST
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but whichever it is, i still want to have a 12 gauge shot gun when i see one coming towards me


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Sounds familiar
by Diana Forum moderator / November 29, 2009 10:34 PM PST

I was driving down the freeway with my two kids in the front seat with me (this was before airbags). The cop stopped me because I didn't have a rear license plate. Earlier someone had stolen my plate and I had gone down and gotten new plates but I only had one screwdriver. One plate had the other type of screws (the stolen one). I explained this to the cop and showed him the other plate. Both kids were wearing seat belts and I wasn't speeding. He looked frustrated that he didn't have any reason to give me a ticket. Wink


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