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Thought I'd start this topic because I have a feeling all we IS3 owners will have them very soon. I had my first one today. A young rookie and his senior officer stopped me on the street while I was turning onto it behind them. I saw the young CHP gawk at my car. Then they swung around behind me and pulled me over for "no front license plate and tinted windows". My front two are tinted the lightest shade for that extra privacy at night (I get followed a lot). Anyway, what the young jerk really wanted to know was "when did you get your rear lights installed." I coldly explained to him that they are stock. He didn't believe me so I had to repeat it. I also explained to him I sure as hell wasn't going to screw holes in my front bumper and the dealer was going to do it at my next inspection. I also explained to him I know it is illegal to tint your front windows and he would understand why I still did it if guys yelled and screamed at him at night while he's all alone on the freeway. Basically my LAPD friends explained to me usually cool CHP's only use these things as an excuse to pull over a suspicious person, and I just happened to get the wrong guy at the wrong time. I'm upset though because I feel he just didn't like a young chick driving a Lexus (obviously he's never seen the thing if he didn't know the lights are stock. Also, I looked about 16 today because I was in my gym attire). Anyway, I wanted to vent here because I'm sure you guys can or will be able to relate!! Thanx!


-anndi
 

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i can totally relate to people looking over and etc. also, being in the san gabriel area, i see WAY too many 'modified' cars, as well as authorities who seem to have TOO much fun pulling these guys over for "too loud of an exhaust" or "illegal tail lights".
 

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can the CHP pull you over on city streets?
isn't it out of their jurisdiction? what street were you on? Luckily I haven't been pulled over yet, especially when I put two novelty plates on my SBM IS, the front one I got in Vegas and was a Nevada plate that said LVMAFIA and the back one was one I made and it was a mockup of a CA plate that said
CALIPORNIA 2069
GOT SUSHI?
Do you want a ride? Show your t**s!
hahaha damn im immature
but now i got my plates so its boring and unfunny. some cops are cool, others are walkin around with nightsticks up their you know whats. just give them the respect they feel they deserve and you'll get away with a warning most of the times (some cops dont deserve donuts let alone respect, others are pretty cool.)
 

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I don't want to say it,but I know soon or later it going to happen.It's because of those copy cat,so call Altezza lights.making our bebe(IS300)a f-cki-g COPS megnat.
 

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Hmm.. here's one side... One time I was at Starbucks, and some local police officers were there, so I decided to pick their brain a bit... it turns out that they tell me that all california officers basically have jurisdiction anywhere in california. strange, but maybe true?
 

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Yep, CHP has jurisdiction over all public streets in California. They don't normally patrol city streets, but if they happen to see you do something that bugs them, they have the right to pull you over.
 

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Yep - bobo is right.

Did they cite your for anything?

I am guessing they might have given you a "fix-it" ticket for the front plate and window tint. In which case you have to remove it (later) and show a "peace" officer for "sign-off", or just pay a fine (I think it is BS that they will let people pay a "tax" to just leave their car in an illegal state).

I once had a new car, and I put one of those "kiddy bicycle plates" (with my name on it) in the license plate frame. The car would have been legal with just the pending registration paperwork on the windshield, but (silly me), I got cited for having "misleading license plates".
(Advice - don't use those fake Las Vegas, Nevada theme plates on your car!)

The California CHP has alot of authority - they can generally clock you by "expert opinion" whereas local police tend to need to pace you or catch you on radar. The CHP can pull you over on any "public highway" which includes city streets.

I sometimes see local police pull people over on the state highways, and I wonder about that. Perhaps they are going after someone guilt of a felony rather than a traffic infraction?
 

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had them there las vegas theme plate and the homemade novelty plate on for about two weeks, a few cops got clear view of them but i didnt get pulled over or cited and now i have real plates so its not a prob, i did, however get a ticket for parking the wrong direction in a dead end, so that was a $30 ticket, can you have an officer sign off on that? oh well, too late, paid it already.
 

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Doesn't anybody remember CHiPs?

John and Ponch were always on the streets. CHP can pull anybody over on any street/highway/thoroughfare/road. A city cop driving on the freeway can pull over people on the freeway, as long as they call for a CHP cop to come over and give you the ticket.

I'm in the same camp where I hope the "novelty" look of the IS's taillights don't make a cop want to pull us over...hopefully they see the Lexus badges on the back also
 
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