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"Thin Blue Line" license plate

So I started noticing that alot of cops around here have a black license plate with a blue horizontal line on the front of their personal cars. After some googling I found that its basically a "hey I'm a cop or related to one" plate. This apparently also has the effect of making some police look the other way for minor infractions. My uncle is a cop and I'm sure he'd get me one if I asked. My windows have illegal tint on them so I was thinking this may be a good thing to keep me from getting stopped for it. However, I drive a beat up 92 ranger that prob looks at least somewhat suspicious so it could just draw more attention and make them think I figured out their secret club and such....

Anyone think this is a good idea? I'm not sure if it'll help or just draw extra attention to me....
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If the cops actually doing his/her job, it wont have any effect. The law is the law. Lol.
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^^ agree if you are doing nothing wrong you have nothing to worry about
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I cant say anything either way ya know, i have plently of crap on mine i'm sure i could get cited for.. its just a chance you take.. lol.
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The only thing I'm "doing wrong" is that when I bought my truck it had aftermarket tint. Tint that state law says is legal. However, the local police chief and his merry band of thugs insist that any tint that isn't factory installed is illegal in the state of Pennsylvania regardless of how much light it allows to be transmitted. (I in no way dislike police officers, but the local police where i live are regarded as poorly trained thugs even by the surrounding local police departments where many relatives and friends serve) Even though the state attorney generals website says differently Consumers: Protecting Consumers - Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General but try convincing a police chief that hes ignorant to the law and if you're successful I've got a million dollars for you.

I always drive in a manner that won't attract LEO attention as gas is much too expensive to drive any other way. Hell, I usually get tailgated for driving the speed limit. But my truck also came with a stupid cherrybomb glasspack that I'm replacing with a stock muffler as soon as I can afford to (because i hate that it sounds like rice) which is rather loud and likely attracts its fair share of LEO attention.

Basically I'm just aiming to reduce my chances of getting pulled over for things that are not related to the way I drive, as I drive like grandma to save gas. My tint is staying one way or the other as my physician is a nice lady that will write me a note saying there is a medical reason for it if I ask her to. But even when I have that physician cert. it wont stop cops from pulling me over for it, it'll just stop them from telling me to remove it or get a ticket. I'm just looking for a way to decrease my chances of getting stopped for stupid **** that only a bored cop or a cop with a stick up his *** would stop someone for. It is, after all, rather inconvenient to get stuck on the side of the road for 45 mins while the locals figure out how to operate their retractable pens so they can fill out a ticket....


Edit: Before it comes up I would love to move except that I am a poor college student who has found a 3 story house that was renovated 5 years ago with a landlord that allows my 2 dogs and fixes anything I call her about within 48 hours and allows me to pay my rent at any time during the month without penalty. She even let me be 2 months behind for over 6 months until I got my grants once. The yard is also fenced for my dogs. The rent is only 650/month which is really good around here for a 2 bedroom apt let alone a 3 story 4 bedroom house. I'm not giving this place up without a fight....

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i had one on my miata and got a warning in north carolina only place i ever had a problem with it. then again got pulled over in tenn. by a state trooper only because he thought i was a cop too and his pov was a miata and wanted to check it out lol.
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i had one on my miata and got a warning in north carolina only place i ever had a problem with it. then again got pulled over in tenn. by a state trooper only because he thought i was a cop too and his pov was a miata and wanted to check it out lol.

You got a warning for having the plate? Or it just didn't keep you from getting stopped? I can't tell....
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ummm i may have gotten pulled over for speeding too but thats not the point here lol she was already mad at me for speeding (25 over) and she may have been pms'ing. i think it kept me from getting stoped for alot of little things. cops in hinesville ga are EVERYWHERE they outnumber other drivers on the road.. my buddy had one and still has one on his evo he lives in PA now too he swears it helps wich is why i got one. im trying to find pics lol...
his (he just has the sticker) i had the whole plate cause in ga u only run one plate on the rear and my car had the bracket on the front so i put it there.
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One of my friends got a warning (as in "hey you don't need that take it off") because he wasn't related to a LEO. Fire fighters have a red line in NC.
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pretending your something you are not is never any good.
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pretending your something you are not is never any good.
Agreed

Might be looking for trouble with that plate. I would assume that those are used for thier own personal vehicles, and NOT for everyone in the family to have. That just sounds dumb. Everyone would have one, seeing as there are a lot of police officers.
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Don't do it.
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pretending your something you are not is never any good.
this.

My dad is in IAFF and has the emblems on his truck and i cant stand when i see random *** cars with them just because they think it will get them out of a ticket... a few cops i know will still pull these cars over and if they are actually LEO of EMS they will give them a warning.
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Nah dont do it sounds like more trouble then it's worth!
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pretending your something you are not is never any good.
Agreed, and you might be worse off if you ever get stopped. It's almost like wearing a police t-shirt bought from eBay.
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only thing illegal on my truck is exhaust and my strobe lights

you can try putting it on and if you get in trouble then you get in trouble its up to you
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Dude you wont get in trouble for it they may just think your retarded
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If I was a cop and stopped someone who was impersonating a cop to try and get out of tickets then they would be getting the full ticket and more. Thats just a punk thing to do
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Cops know that people put that kind of stuff on their vehicles to try and get out of tickets. So I would say don't put it on.
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