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Got pulled over today for having tinted tails? When I had them done at a shop they would only tint them to the legal limit though? So they should have been okay but the cop said you can't have them at all which I think is a lie because of how many people have them am I missing something or did he tell the truth?
 

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Why don't you call your local or state law enforcement agency instead of asking a bunch of other folks here who would probably be guessing?

Here in Texas, the proper authority to ask is the Texas Department of Public Safety. The State Troopers, in other words.
 
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and yes the Popo-zow is correct. in the state of texas, you cannot put anything on your tailights. BUT if you do it right, and they can still be seen for the specified distance, you can get away with it. its not just the light output, but being able to see the reflectors.

its really for your own good, so others can see you..

yours are black as night, and you thought you could get away with that?

smoking them to tone down the red a little is one thing. blacking them out is totally different

you payed the shop to do it right? like they are going to tell you "no i dont want your money"
 

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Well I asked the shop originally to do them really dark because I wanted it to match my truck and they wouldn't because they didn't want to go past the legal limit. They had other lights for display to show how dark they can and cannot go and would not allow for the lights to be illegal. Both at night and in the daytime my lights are very visible even though they are tinted and I have never had a problem with cops in the past even when some drove right behind me.
 

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It varies from state to state. In CO, it's illegal to have any tint on headlights/taillights. I still see a few vehicles with tint.

Most shops will still tint given that it's not illegal to perform the tint. It's like buying "offroad only" headers for our trucks. Not illegal to buy them, but illegal to run them on emission controlled vehicles.
 

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why would you want to increase the chance of getting in a wreck?
 
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Its just for looks I know many others even on here do the same and I would never want to increase the chance and that is why they were only tinted to a certain level. They are still very visible even in the daytime I would think they'd be easier to see anyways because its red light in a black background not red with red and I don't lose hardly any brightness. I found out you have to be able to see the lights from 300 feet in the daytime and I am almost positive you can.
 

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we all know they look good, but if you do it, you take the chance of being stopped. you just caught a cop that was having a bad day, and he nailed you. he probably could have got you for more. tint, no flaps, etc etc.
 

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I think once you alter your taillights or headlights they are illegal. They are no longer "DOT" approved. The law never gets enforced, unless the cop wants to.
I wanted to do this until l researched a little about it. No, I'm not 100% sure about this.
 

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Its just for looks I know many others even on here do the same and I would never want to increase the chance and that is why they were only tinted to a certain level. They are still very visible even in the daytime I would think they'd be easier to see anyways because its red light in a black background not red with red and I don't lose hardly any brightness. I found out you have to be able to see the lights from 300 feet in the daytime and I am almost positive you can.
anytime you cover any color in black it gets darker. it common sence. why would you think that black over red wouldnt make the red harder to see? Just saying. tinting tails does look good, but its dangerous. if someone rearends you, in alot of cases its your fault if they point out you have tinted tails. All they have to say is " i couldnt see his brake lights"
 

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it doesn't matter, anything that alters the visibility of the lights are illegal. Officers can pullover whoever they want if they feel like it. So you must have been on that cops "get em" list that day. I speak coming from the son of an ex cop and a future one myself.
 

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SUBCHAPTER E. GENERAL LIGHTING REQUIREMENTS FOR VEHICLES



§ 547.321. HEADLAMPS REQUIRED. (a) A motor vehicle
shall be equipped with at least two headlamps.
(b) At least one headlamp shall be mounted on each side of
the front of the vehicle.
(c) Each headlamp shall be mounted at a height from 24 to 54
inches.

Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.


§ 547.3215. USE OF FEDERAL STANDARD. Unless
specifically prohibited by this chapter, lighting, reflective
devices, and associated equipment on a vehicle or motor vehicle
must comply with:
(1) the current federal standards in 49 C.F.R. Section
571.108; or
(2) the federal standards in that section in effect,
if any, at the time the vehicle or motor vehicle was manufactured.

Added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 324, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.

§ 547.322. TAILLAMPS REQUIRED. (a) Except as provided
by Subsection (b), a motor vehicle, trailer, semitrailer, pole
trailer, or vehicle that is towed at the end of a combination of
vehicles shall be equipped with at least two taillamps.
(b) A passenger car or truck that was manufactured or
assembled before the model year 1960 shall be equipped with at least
one taillamp.
(c) Taillamps shall be mounted on the rear of the vehicle:
(1) at a height from 15 to 72 inches; and
(2) at the same level and spaced as widely apart as
practicable if a vehicle is equipped with more than one lamp.
(d) A taillamp shall emit a red light plainly visible at a
distance of 1,000 feet from the rear of the vehicle.
(e) If vehicles are traveling in combination, only the
taillamps on the rearmost vehicle are required to emit a light for
the distance specified in Subsection (d).
(f) A taillamp or a separate lamp shall be constructed and
mounted to emit a white light that:
(1) illuminates the rear license plate; and
(2) makes the plate clearly legible at a distance of 50
feet from the rear.
(g) A taillamp, including a separate lamp used to illuminate
a rear license plate, must emit a light when a headlamp or auxiliary
driving lamp is lighted.

Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.

§ 547.323. STOPLAMPS REQUIRED. (a) Except as provided
by Subsection (b), a motor vehicle, trailer, semitrailer, or pole
trailer shall be equipped with at least two stoplamps.
(b) A passenger car manufactured or assembled before the
model year 1960 shall be equipped with at least one stoplamp.
(c) A stoplamp shall be mounted on the rear of the vehicle.
(d) A stoplamp shall emit a red or amber light, or a color
between red and amber, that is:
(1) visible in normal sunlight at a distance of at
least 300 feet from the rear of the vehicle; and
(2) displayed when the vehicle service brake is
applied.
(e) If vehicles are traveling in combination, only the
stoplamps on the rearmost vehicle are required to emit a light for
the distance specified in Subsection (d).
(f) A stoplamp may be included as a part of another rear
lamp.

Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.

§ 547.325. REFLECTORS REQUIRED. (a) Except as
provided by Subchapter F, a motor vehicle, trailer, semitrailer, or
pole trailer shall be equipped with at least two red reflectors on
the rear of the vehicle. A red reflector may be included as a part
of a taillamp
(b) A reflector shall be:
(1) mounted at a height from 15 to 60 inches; and
(2) visible at night at all distances:
(A) from 100 to 600 feet when directly in front of
lawful lower beams of headlamps; or
(B) from 100 to 350 feet when directly in front of
lawful upper beams of headlamps if the vehicle was manufactured or
assembled before January 1, 1972.

Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.
 

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and for blinding hid lighting.

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§ 547.328. FOG LAMPS PERMITTED. (a) A motor vehicle
may be equipped with not more than two fog lamps.
(b) A fog lamp shall be:
(1) mounted on the front of the vehicle at a height
from 12 to 30 inches; and
(2) aimed so that no part of the high-intensity
portion of the beam from a lamp mounted to the left of center on a
vehicle projects a beam of light at a distance of 25 feet that is
higher than four inches below the level of the center of the lamp.
(c) Lighted fog lamps may be used with lower headlamp beams
as specified by Section 547.333.

Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.


§ 547.329. AUXILIARY PASSING LAMPS PERMITTED. (a) A
motor vehicle may be equipped with no more than two auxiliary
passing lamps.
(b) An auxiliary passing lamp shall be mounted on the front
of the vehicle at a height from 24 to 42 inches.
(c) An auxiliary passing lamp may be used with headlamps as
specified by Section 547.333.

Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.


§ 547.330. AUXILIARY DRIVING LAMPS PERMITTED. (a) A
motor vehicle may be equipped with no more than two auxiliary
driving lamps.
(b) An auxiliary driving lamp shall be mounted on the front
of the vehicle at a height from 16 to 42 inches.
(c) Auxiliary driving lamps may be used with headlamps as
specified by Section 547.333.

Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.


§ 547.331. HAZARD LAMPS PERMITTED. (a) A vehicle may
be equipped with lamps to warn other vehicle operators of a
vehicular traffic hazard that requires unusual care in approaching,
overtaking, or passing.
(b) The lamps shall be:
(1) mounted at the same level and spaced as widely
apart as practicable on the front and on the rear of the vehicle;
and
(2) visible at a distance of at least 500 feet in
normal sunlight.
(c) The lamps shall display simultaneously flashing lights
that emit:
(1) a white or amber light, or a color between white
and amber, if the lamp is mounted on the front of the vehicle; or
(2) a red or amber light, or a color between red and
amber, if the lamp is mounted on the rear of the vehicle.

Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.
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I think once you alter your taillights or headlights they are illegal. They are no longer "DOT" approved. The law never gets enforced, unless the cop wants to.
I wanted to do this until l researched a little about it. No, I'm not 100% sure about this.
AZ cops dont care if the tails are tinted. I have been pulled over 6 times. Not for tint but for having red led plate lights. Not once did any of the cops say anything about my tails.
 

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AZ cops dont care if the tails are tinted. I have been pulled over 6 times. Not for tint but for having red led plate lights. Not once did any of the cops say anything about my tails.
Yeah ive had many cops drive right behind me but they did not care and never got pulled over. At least the cop today was nice and helpful. He said he doesn't normally ever write tickets for tinted tails just gives warnings...which I ended up with today so I wasn't upset or anything.
 

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like someone else said, you found a cop on a bad day.

My lights are tinted but i didnt do it to match my truck at all. I did it to knock down the uber bright red that the stock lights are. You can stand 100ft away from my truck and shine lights on the tail lights and still see my reflectors.. Hence why ive been pulled over 3 times in my truck and never got any grief for my tails.
 

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There are a lot of stupid cops roaming around armed and dangerous, most of them don't even know its LEGAL to carry a weapon (handgun\rifle,shotgun).


I doubt they know much about laws, most of their training has to do with defending themselves and clearing a building\house\killing someone.:ftard:
 

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There are a lot of stupid cops roaming around armed and dangerous, most of them don't even know its LEGAL to carry a weapon (handgun\rifle,shotgun).


I doubt they know much about laws, most of their training has to do with defending themselves and clearing a building\house\killing someone.:ftard:
And you know this how?
 

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There are a lot of stupid cops roaming around armed and dangerous, most of them don't even know its LEGAL to carry a weapon (handgun\rifle,shotgun).


I doubt they know much about laws, most of their training has to do with defending themselves and clearing a building\house\killing someone.:ftard:
Am I supposed to take this seriously? You live in kickassville.
 
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