Got a Ticket for Defective Equipment
So I'm coming home from getting my windows tinted (legally) and I'm going about 65 mph on Route 91 in Massachusetts. I look up and see a cop in my rearview. Sure enough he hits the lights and pulls me over. At first I am PISSED! I have no idea what I have done. Ya know ussually we know why we are being pulled over long before the officer gets to our window. But this day I had no idea. I was not speeding , my new tint is legal and I'm not swerving or anything.
So The officer approaches the window and asks "do you know why I pulled you over?" I say "no sir". He says "your exhaust is too loud". I tell him that it is stock. He says "put it in neutral and rev the engine". So I do as he asks. The engine revs and he says "There's no way in Hell that is a stock exhaust!". I say well officer I'm sorry but it is stock. I know I'm not gonna win an arguement with a cop on the side of the road so I stop at a factual description. He asks if he looks under the car will there be some type of Dodge badging on the exhaust. I say I don't know but it is stock. So he spend 5 minutes under my car trying to figure it out. Finally he comes back and says he can't even find the cat or muffler!
Long story short...he gives me a ticket for "defective equipment" saying that if it is stock than it must be defective because he spends 8 hours a day sitting along the highway and my car is excessivly loud. So now to fight a $35 ticket I need to make an appointment at the dealer and have them check my exhaust and print something out saying that it is not defective and it is stock! Probably will cost me $50 bucks to do that and miss a day of work to go to court will cost me money as well. I would just pay the ticket and forget it but who's to say that the same cop doesn't stop me EVERY week with a defective equipment ticket for my STOCK exhaust? I am really at a loss here.
UPDATE: I got my exhaust inspected by Dodge. The mechanic said that it was "defect free and in fine working order". Plus after I told them the story they said the inspection of the exhaust would be free of charge! Can't wait to go to court.
Last edited by jaycarneygiants; 11-05-2007 at 04:12 PM.