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Old 02-03-12, 06:39 PM
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Originally Posted by pick View Post
Actually, if you are out riding around at night without lights on your bike and or trailer, they do have cause to roust you and will...even out here the county Sheriff's will use that as a reason to check someone who is out riding their bike - you are after all in violation of the vehicle code if you do not have lights on your moving vehicle one half hour prior to sundown and one half hour after sunrise be it bike or trike and towed trailer.
Is this from Indiana statute, or are you assuming that all states are the same? Many state and city ordnances are different. Idaho Statutes, for example, do NOT require tail lights, only reflectors, The City of Twin Falls, Idaho, however, does require a taillight.

But what it really boils down to, is 'probable cause' (PC) to make a lawful stop. Recognizing the individual as a previous offender doesn't cut it. There has to be a legitimate reason to suspect a violation HAS OCCURRED, IS OCCURRING, or is ABOUT TO OCCUR, before the officer can arrest.

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