The red reflector that was mounted on my rear rack somehow fell on the road one day when I was unaware of (screw got loose). I haven't bought a new one yet. I always regarded that little red thing useless, because during the day people see me and my bike better than the little reflector, while at night I have very bright tailights on. But it's a law requirement. So I'd like to know, could there be consequence if I ride without one? Perhaps not until I have an accident, even if the accident was not cause by this fact? Will the cops give me trouble for not having a rear reflector?
(By the way, I know a couple who were arrested by cops and detained overnight just because their car didn't have a taillight. This is in NYC where there are far more serious crimes going on that need the cops presence.)