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Old 06-14-2009, 05:31 AM
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I have been driving for around 31 years, Class 1A as I hauled potatoes for my sister as a teenager, motorcycle endorsement, had one ticket in 1981 for stunting...popped the clutch on a new Z28 not seeing a police car behind me.

Since April I have been pulled over 9 times, no tickets or warnings, they say just a routine check, I always pass but man what a waste of 35 to 45 min. We have RCMP that look after highways for the post part, city police, inspection patrol and then Weights and Measures.

RCMP pulled me over twice, they were checking license, registration, inspection sticker and to ensure the load was strapped down.

Weights and Measures, this is a PITA, you have to drive on portable scales, they make sure you are under the trailer tow weight and what you have licensed the trailer for, I am generally pulling 60% or less of what I am allowed, this stop takes about 45 min to an hour.

City police, check lights, insurance, registration, license etc....35 min

Inspection guys, another PITA, they are looking for a sticker but check for rust areas (all my gear is new) they will sometimes pull a wheel off and check brakes etc.

I appreciate they have a job to do but it seems unreasonable I have been pulled over this many times, twice a client has been upset as we were late but what do you do.

Do you guys get pulled over more when pulling gear or driving a company vehicle?

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Here in South Carolina, the #1 and 2 reasons for being pulled over are not wearing a seatbelt (driver and passengers) and talking on a cell phone while driving.

As far as pulling equipment, no license plates are required on trailers with a towing capacity of under 2,000 pounds. Also, running lights, break lights and turn signals are not required for daylight operation of trailers under the 2,000 pound limit. Pulling one after dark without these is a guaranteed stop.

There are no vehicle safety inspections except by LE after a stop or for obvious violations . Driving while it is raining without your headlights on is a guaranteed stop and ticket. Having a company name on your vehicle or trailer can generate a State Police stop to check for business license (sales tax credentials).

The first week of the month brings out roadblocks checking for registration expirations and insurance liability compliance.

DWI stops are common and the laws here are strange. Liquor stores can be open only from 9am to 7pm Monday thru Saturday but you can buy beer and wine 24 hours a day except for Sunday. This area is called the Bible Belt so no booze sales on Sunday (but if Christmas falls on any day other than Sunday even the liquor stores are open). Bars must be closed by 12am Sunday morning.

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Here in South Carolina, the #1 and 2 reasons for being pulled over are not wearing a seatbelt (driver and passengers) and talking on a cell phone while driving.

As far as pulling equipment, no license plates are required on trailers with a towing capacity of under 2,000 pounds. Also, running lights, break lights and turn signals are not required for daylight operation of trailers under the 2,000 pound limit. Pulling one after dark without these is a guaranteed stop.

There are no vehicle safety inspections except by LE after a stop or for obvious violations . Driving while it is raining without your headlights on is a guaranteed stop and ticket. Having a company name on your vehicle or trailer can generate a State Police stop to check for business license (sales tax credentials).

The first week of the month brings out roadblocks checking for registration expirations and insurance liability compliance.

DWI stops are common and the laws here are strange. Liquor stores can be open only from 9am to 7pm Monday thru Saturday but you can buy beer and wine 24 hours a day except for Sunday. This area is called the Bible Belt so no booze sales on Sunday (but if Christmas falls on any day other than Sunday even the liquor stores are open). Bars must be closed by 12am Sunday morning.

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I suspect seatbelts and cell phones would be #1

If your vehicle has any rust showing I hear you are pulled over, if the officer can put their little finger through a hole it is parked, towed until repaired, I believe there is a fine.

Vehicles are inspected every two years by a garage and you get a sticker, trailers are once a year.

All trailers have plates, you buy weight when you register up to the allowed weight of the trailer, for example I could buy a trailer rated for 10,000 pounds and register it for 2,000 as it's a lot cheaper, if you get stopped and you have 3,000 on you are fined, stuff must be unloaded down to the paid weight, no exceptions.

Trailers must have three market lights across the back, if you carry anything related to the ground, mulch, gravel etc it must be covered and tied down, even wood has to be covered.

As for liquoir stores, open 7 days a week 10 to 10 Mon to Sat, Have no idea what Sunday is but it's much shorter, bars can be open until 3 am, corner stores are not allowed to sell booze.
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wow..those hours to buy beer and hang out at the bar must suck for you 2.
Monday-saturday here its 8am till 2am and sunday its 12-2am. liquor stores are open same hours except for wal-mart..there not open on sundays. Nobody drink alcohol where u guys live?. Not saying thats all i do but, if i want a cold one least i can stop
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