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2 tickets while plowing

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by natureboy, Jan 9, 2004.

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  1. natureboy

    natureboy Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    Went out plowing last night. An officer (who must have been bored) was pulling over all plow trucks coming by. I got a ticket for not having my front plate visible over the plow, and another for not having a light shining on the rear plate. Total =$220 Cdn. I tried explaining the plow is only on while plowing so it would be ridiculous to mount the plate on the plow itself, and that the rear plate is mounted in the proper bracket on the salter, right beside the truck's tailight which lights it up just fine. Obviously a waste of breath. Any suggestions or input? I can mount a light on the rear plate but what about the front? Attaching to the trucks grill still wont do it.
  2. Rappa

    Rappa Member
    Messages: 84

    No advice man that just sucks...
  3. Crumm

    Crumm Senior Member
    Messages: 529

    That is about stupid... Could you mount the plate under one of the plow lights? Or do your lights come off with the plow?
  4. elite1

    elite1 Senior Member
    Messages: 187

    Some cops are crazy. Try calling the department, ask about the grand-am and the corvette which no person puts front plates on.

    A week ago I got warned by a sheriff for having a yellow rotator on the top of the back-rack.(not running) He said that I was not allowed to have it. I replied what about tow trucks, construction equipment. He said that they could have it but not me. I said what about sbc of comcast, they are just a private company, as am I. Still he said I could not have it, it is a $75.00 fine in his book. He said I could cover it. I then double checked that it was ok for construction equipment to have it. I said I do landscape construction, so it must be ok.

    He said well this is your warning, and got back in his car in a hurry, possibly knowing that I was going to make a foul of him.
  5. 04superduty

    04superduty PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,354

    poor cop, his coffee and donut were getting cold. that is just stupidiy to get a ticket for having a flashing light. i thaught you had to have one while plowing. and getting a ticket for having your plates not visible, does he want you to get small wipers to keep them clean with minny spot lights to aluminate them. i would fight the ticket. luckily here in michigan you only have to have a plate on the back.
  6. elite1

    elite1 Senior Member
    Messages: 187

    It is strang because others are cool and know you are doing your job.

    I have flipped on my strobes and pulled a u turn a highway with a cop in the other lane, he didn't do any thing.

    I know a guy that is a cop, last year he pulled a plow truck over for a DWI. -2 twelve packs in back But he was nice enought to let them call a body to finish plowing before he arrested him.
  7. accipiter12

    accipiter12 Senior Member
    Messages: 223

    That's really rediculous. Either cop was an ass or it was a fresh cop who was trying to "over due" his duty. Elite1's situation was ******** too. Would have made more sence to warn you about NOT having it on versus having it on your truck. Some cops suck. Don't worry though, I won't be one of those dump ones. :bluebounc

  8. avalancheplow

    avalancheplow Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    Fight those tickets. Thats a bunch of bull. I would call the cheif of police and complain and make the loudest stink possible. They should through those out. :realmad:
  9. The Boss

    The Boss 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,099

    Maybe the local donut shop was out of his favorite donut and he was p----- off so he took it out on the plow guys.:D I'd definately fight that one! Are we supposed to take the front plate off every time it snows and put it in our windsheild?:rolleyes:
  10. jt5019

    jt5019 Senior Member
    Messages: 853

    Fight the tickets, most likely the judge we look at them and throw it out.The one for the front plate is just insane obviously it will be blocked with the plow on.He was probably a new cop trying to hard.
  11. rainair

    rainair Senior Member
    Messages: 153

    org equipt

    A plow is not org equip. therefore it is mounted as special equip. look at your local govt trucks, some must have tags [depends on the state]. just like a rear bumper it is not put on by the factory therefore it is not required by law. A deputy in Clark Co. Ohio 1 time tried to site me for not having a rear bumper, I told him go ahead site me so you can make a fool of yourself to the Sheriff, cause that is just where I would have taken it... needless to say the pen went back in his pocket...lol... as far as the lights, as long as your NOT running them on the street, he has no stand. it won't hold in court. some states require a permit for lights and some require lights. in Ohio, according to the ORC. an emergency veh. is "A tow,highway const, utility [as in power or phone] snow plow, ect... then there is the public safety veh. as A- ems/fire,or law enforcement.... then there is the all time.. the USPS veh. and this one I like to ask people in the USA as far as a 4 way stop in any state! if a fire truck, ems and the sheriff and granny is at an intersection, and the other veh is a postal veh. who has the right a way ? .... the postal veh. US code "At all times you shall Yield the right a way to any and all postal veh."
  12. Filer

    Filer Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 61

    I have a brother that live's in Mississauga and he got a ******** ticket one time and the best advice he got was.

    If you can afford the time off work, go to court & FIGHT IT. As the cops in Toronto have to go to court on their days off to prove your guilt & on minor offence's the cop doen't bother to go to court on his day off so they throw it out of court.

    I hope you fight it natureboy & win.

  13. Plow Meister

    Plow Meister PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,174

    Re: org equipt

    Rainair has it right on the money except for one thing... Politely talk to the cop. Do not be a smart a$$. Yea, he let you go this time but now you are on his radar. He will look for you all the time now and wait for you to screw up.

  14. SnAscksdck99

    SnAscksdck99 Junior Member
    Messages: 13

    in CT you need your front plate to be seen at all times.some just put them on the dash board
  15. rainair

    rainair Senior Member
    Messages: 153

    the mind is more powerful the the pen

    to beat all the Deputy was a fellow firefighter too... and a friend... he just thought he could get one over on me haha...:nono:

    he's the same cop that would sit in front of the fire station and use the radar, had 2 books of tickets and that was his personal quota not the sheriffs...
  16. paponte

    paponte Senior Member
    Messages: 717

    I would take pictures and fight that ticket. That is stupid. It is quite clear he had nothing better to do. :angry:
  17. easthavenplower

    easthavenplower Senior Member
    Messages: 282

    what a jack a$$ fight it and next time tell him youll take him to court
  18. natureboy

    natureboy Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    By unanimous decision, I'm going to court!!!!! I'm going to wire up a small light for the rear plate and I'll take a couple pics. The front plate is a hopeless situation. On the dash wouldnt be visible (very flat dash on 03 Ram), and I got a western ultra mount, so lights come off with plow.
  19. SWH Enterprises

    SWH Enterprises Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    :dizzy: Sounds very, very much like the bored a** cops here in the Town of Fishkill Nature Boy!!!
  20. SWH Enterprises

    SWH Enterprises Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    :dizzy: Sounds very, very much like the bored a** cops here in the Town of Fishkill Nature Boy!!!
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