Well, yet again my car has caused me trouble. Last night I was pulled over by an unmarked XR8, and pretty much dragged out of my car. I was pushed up against the side of it, and held there until the 2 cops did checks on who i was and searched my car.
As it turned out, I was not the 'suspect' they were looking for, and thus they apologised for their treatment. Although I was (and am still) not happy about it, I can let it pass as it was a simple case of mistaken identity.
However, what I am fuming about is the fact that once Plod had discovered i was not who they thought I was, they gave me 2 fines instead! One for having no P plates - fair enough, my own fault. I accept that one, allbeit unhappily. BUT - second one "unlawful use of additional headlights" -
- this has really pissed me off.
I have driving lights installed on my EF, they're in the brake ducts, and they are a neccesity as anyone who has driven an EF will know the headlights are pisspoor at the best of times. Yes I was in a built up area (main street), however its common practice among the XR/SS owners (and even the HWP vehicles) to drive with them on, thus I am not happy about being fined $76 and watching everyone else get away with it.
So, I am thinking of taking it to court, as I feel it doesnt matter - the lights are not blinding, they are angled at the ground, they are not 100w or any huge amount, and they are DRIVING lights, not fog lights which I know are illegal when there's no fog. Ive never been pulled up about them before - driven right past HWP cars and they dont even look twice.
So, my question is - should I take this further? I explained to the cop they were driving lights (even showed him the box they came in as it was in the boot), and they are wired up to a seperate switch so i can control them independent of the headlights, yet he still decided to fine me for having them on.