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fungusamongus
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Jul 12, 10:49am - #222069 
illegal or not?

ok. i have a 2000 celica gts, and i wanted to do some custom stuff to it. One of the things i wanted to install were those street lights that go on the bottom of the car.. im not quite sure what they're called. Ive called around, and some say their elligal, some say thier legal, i even called the sherrifs dep. to clarify, and yet, they were not sure. I dont know, i hope someone can help me out here, i dont really see people with those lighs anymore, so i figure they are illegal. thanks...

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Jul 12, 10:51am - #222070 
Where I come from they are illegal to use on the street. Just for show when parked.

But I drive with mine on & I haven't gotten a ticket yet.

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Jul 12, 10:51am - #222071 
blue and red are "illegal" if used while driving... all colors are basicly grounds for a ticket if used while driving, you can mount them and use them on the street at your own risk, but you can use them as show all you want...

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Jul 12, 10:52am - #222072 
underbody neons or LEDs systems ... depends on what state your in and color of the kit.

Usually they are illegal to drive with on, but when your parked they are fine to use.

I know in Delaware they are legal in some colors to use all the time.

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Jul 12, 11:21am - #222073 
Anything is illegal if the cop says it might cause a distraction to other drivers, and saying underbody neons are would pass in court no problem (and has). So, dont drive with them on and you'll be fine.

But maybe not, California CHP and local police stations claim that any type of interior lights or underbody lights are illegal- EVEN IF THEY ARE TURNED OFF.

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Jul 12, 12:07pm - #222074 
its illegal if they are on while ur on public road, or illegal if it is a distraction to other drivers while you are parked. Its not illegal to have them on

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Jul 12, 12:22pm - #222075 
wow, as far as i know in NE they are fine, but then again we don't seem to care about emissions or anything else here smile sweet sweet land of no people

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Jul 12, 12:53pm - #222076 
called ornamental lighting in pa and nearly every colors is taking by some from of goverment body


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Jul 12, 1:46pm - #222077 
Originally Posted by drkramm
called ornamental lighting in pa and nearly every colors is taking by some from of goverment body


Yeah! Damn gay rights patrol cars! Taking our neon purple and stopping us from hate crimes!!!






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Jul 12, 1:51pm - #222078 
I was told to remove my super blue signal lights or the next time the cop saw me I was getting a $120 fine. Don't they have bigger fish to fry? It seems lately in my area with all the little honda kids street racing with their fart mufflers, the cops are starting to get a little pissy with the imports.

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Jul 12, 3:45pm - #222079 
Hey, thanks for the help, ya, thats shitty thier illegal, i mean i dont know if its worth getting them on only if you can have them on when you're parked.. I guess it was too good to be true.

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Jul 12, 3:50pm - #222080 
they're so cool just be cautious when you use them...

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Jul 12, 3:55pm - #222081 
I have a friend who went to the police station to ask if it was ok and the cops said its illegal but since he was nice and concerned about breaking a law the cop said he would let him keep it on and if he got ticketed to come see him thumbsup then again thats just luck grin


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Jul 12, 5:01pm - #222082 
Originally Posted by shidarin
Anything is illegal if the cop says it might cause a distraction to other drivers, and saying underbody neons are would pass in court no problem (and has). So, dont drive with them on and you'll be fine.

But maybe not, California CHP and local police stations claim that any type of interior lights or underbody lights are illegal- EVEN IF THEY ARE TURNED OFF.


How would highway patrol know you have them if they were turned off? Seriously. grin


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Jul 12, 5:14pm - #222083 
Well I have a friend that drives a '69 Camaro Z28 and he has blue undercar lights and he was parked in a parking lot and there was a cop that was basically harassing him the whole night because of it...but my friend forgot to turn them off and the cop was sitting up watching his every move and right when my friend put the car into Drive the cop turned his lights on and got him...it's a real shame...damn cops on the eastern shore of MD are a pain in the ass guys, if you are ever over here frown


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Jul 12, 7:11pm - #222084 
Originally Posted by silverceli21
I have a friend who went to the police station to ask if it was ok and the cops said its illegal but since he was nice and concerned about breaking a law the cop said he would let him keep it on and if he got ticketed to come see him thumbsup then again thats just luck grin


awwww...how sweet... rofl trying to trick you to leave it on so you get ticketed...and then when you come see him he'll pretend like he doesn't know you...he'd probably get in trouble by his boss. You can if you want, but one thing I know is to NEVER trust cops. They can and will use deception and lies to trap you. His boss won't mind him doing that, trust me.

My friend has lights on his celi but not the big long tubes...he has little LEDs which are hard to find. One time a cop pulled him over and he turned them off, and the cop said he swore he might have seen something but couldn't find any light tube underneath the car!!! lol. So he didn't get a ticket for that. Just 4 other tickets for other illegal stuff hehe including speeding. All tickets are going to his Pre-paid Legal attorney.

Never trust cops. If they say "You have to tell us everything right now...or you'll be charged with obstruction of justice!" That's a lie. You have the right to speak to an attorney first and he/she can talk for you.

One cop wrote down on my ticket that he clocked me at a certain speed when I know I was 10 mph below by the time he clocked. He just lied to make it stick in case I took him to court. Well the ticket became a parking ticket anyway...
While he was busy doing paperwork after he said I could go, I floored it out of there to merge with traffic on the freeway at about 85 mph! grin

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Jul 12, 7:20pm - #222085 
and I think the cop started to come after me...I saw in my Mirror...but I was long gone amid traffic. grin grin grin
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Jul 12, 10:25pm - #222086 
I only trust one cop. Thats my Uncle. He has got me out of so much shit.

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Jul 12, 11:40pm - #222087 
Neons are legal to have in AZ, but you can't have them on when you drive.

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Jul 13, 9:09am - #222088 
RICE RICE RICE rofl puke

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Jul 15, 6:10am - #222089 
i used to have a crx with them, i got pulled over by a sherrif at like 3 in the morning, he said if the city cops are cool with it in town fine but just turn them off when leaving, said it really wasnt a problem just more of a distraction that late at night

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Jul 15, 8:24am - #222090 
In MD you can legally have underbody colors that are stock on your car, which is white,amber and red. Now who would get a amber kit I don't know. Red is illegal in the fron tubes because of police impersonation. All other colors are fine as long as you tubes are not showing (lol who wnats them to be anyways? cops are smart there), meaning the light must be reflected not directly visible. I don't know if that helps you or not but hey...good luck

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Jul 15, 12:10pm - #222091 
if i could drive with them on 24/7 with no hassle going on i would have had them yesterday. there is no way of knowing if a cop will bother you. in new england, crossing statelines into different laws and jurisdictions is all to common. gotta play by everybody's rules, and there is no uniformity in the united states, some states are strict and some are lenient...

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