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  • PSUMedic
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    On a somewhat related note... the headlights in the Explorer, er I mean Interceptor Utility, go out constantly! We must change a bulb every other month. The CV was never like that.

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  • chiefjack
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    Headlight out = Unlicensed here in CA

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  • Ignite
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    Originally posted by TheTick
    I hear you, but on a slow night, you gotta get into the **** somehow. I never write the ticket unless you're unlicensed. I've locked up quite a few turds after stops for burned out lights. Based on sheer numbers, you're going to find something eventually.
    I rarely get anything out of the obvious equipment violation stops (such as a headlight out). It's usually a plate light out, a little white light showing through a cracked tail light or a temporary tag improperly displayed in a back window that I get something good. I too used to pull over every vehicle with a headlight or brake light out but I've calmed that down a little. Still, our department likes the numbers so if I'm hurting for t-stops I'll make it.
    Last edited by Ignite; 01-04-2015, 10:39 PM.

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  • NoWingedAngel
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    I must be the odd man out. I used to pull over every vehicle with a headlight out I observed. I've pretty much quit doing it; 90% of the time, it amounts to nothing and I don't cite unless they tell me that it's been out for more than a month and they knew about it already.

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  • tsugsr
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    Y'all just realize many newer cars will automatically turn off whichever light is closest to an active turn signal.

    Seems I always notice more equipment violations like this on my way home. But one must also be careful to observe the latest technological advances.

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  • Rettroop
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    Cheap Chinese Crap, just like almost everything else we buy in America.

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  • WoodCo.Explorer
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    One headlight is my favorite violation to stop cars for. Someone above mentioned about the cold weather being a factor for non-LED lights to go out; never thought of that.

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  • Nathan571
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    I notice lots and lots of headlights out until I want to start making stops for it to get my nose in some cars. Then magically everyone's vehicle seems to be in perfect working order. Drives me nuts some nights.

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  • that's my hand
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    http://blog.caranddriver.com/in-79th...ty-headlights/

    This is a good starting point, but this is happening to all different types, new and old, foreign and domestic cars.

    http://www.carcomplaints.com/news/20...problems.shtml

    Here's another ... this one a high line.

    http://www.carcomplaints.com/news/20...hts-fail.shtml

    http://www.carsdirect.com/automotive...ads-to-lawsuit
    Last edited by that's my hand; 01-02-2015, 12:36 AM. Reason: added URL's

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  • that's my hand
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    Originally posted by Tapatio View Post
    Now that you mention it, yes. Then again I went from working days to afternoon/evening shift. I actually see quite a a lot of them. Had your thread in mind tonight and was about to make a stop when I got sent to a call. On that call I saw an SUV approach us with one headlight out, he turned around because we were blocking the street. Handled the call and started to roll out of the area. What do you know, heading right for me, an old SUV with a headlight out. He moved over so I could pass and I stopped next to him and had him roll the window down. Advised the younger gentleman driver that his headlight was out and that he should expect to get stopped tonight should he continue driving. No indication of intoxication and he was surprised by the news.

    Long story short. Yep, there's a lot of dead headlights out there.
    I actually had started noticing this before mine went out, but when mine went out it kinda brought it all together. I'm gonna try to find out more and I'll post anything I find here.

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  • Tapatio
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    Now that you mention it, yes. Then again I went from working days to afternoon/evening shift. I actually see quite a a lot of them. Had your thread in mind tonight and was about to make a stop when I got sent to a call. On that call I saw an SUV approach us with one headlight out, he turned around because we were blocking the street. Handled the call and started to roll out of the area. What do you know, heading right for me, an old SUV with a headlight out. He moved over so I could pass and I stopped next to him and had him roll the window down. Advised the younger gentleman driver that his headlight was out and that he should expect to get stopped tonight should he continue driving. No indication of intoxication and he was surprised by the news.

    Long story short. Yep, there's a lot of dead headlights out there.

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  • that's my hand
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    Saw a city officer with one out tonight ....

    He's hopefully not a DUI and surely not buying lotsa coffee filters ........

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  • CruiserClass
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    Originally posted by Michigan View Post
    Didn't have to be all fancy about it. ������

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  • ftttu
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    Not me. If anything, there are fewer. I'm on nights right now and it along with other lighting violations are my regular PC to stop. Rarely have given a citation for it, though.

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  • Michigan
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    Originally posted by CruiserClass View Post
    You're just noticing it more because it happened to you so its on your mind. You see an infinite number of things a day, but you notice only a tiny percent. Much like if you decide you want to buy a Camaro, suddenly there's a butt ton of Camaros on the road. And your mullet sprouts, but that's another topic.

    It's a well known phenomena to notice the familiar first when viewing a group of similar objects, but I can't think of the name right now. It's related to priming. If I show you a picture of fruit and then tell you to fill in the blank S O _ P, you're very likely to spell "Soup" because you've been primed with the idea of "food". If I show you a muddy child, you're much more likely to go with "Soap" instead. If you're not primed either way, its a toss up.

    Since you recently had a headlight out, you're temporarily primed to notice it. It'll fade pretty quickly, though.
    Didn't have to be all fancy about it. 😋

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