Date registered: Mar 2006
Vehicle: 04 SL55 AMG
Location: Sacramento, CA - US
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I've posted this before, but with several friends as cops (always good to have), here’s the story that I was given.
County cops usually don't care. They're too busy dealing with Billy Bob who just beat his kid again. CHP, on the other hand, will hit people - especially on the freeway. Women get away with it much more than men. Also, higher end cars (valued over $50k) usually get away with it because their lawyer or doctor buddy will usually get them out of it and cause more problems for the cop - ACLU reasoning kicks in here (he was descriminated against because of resentment toward higer income level, blah blah).
In short - if a cop can come up and see what's in your lap (Tek-9), they shouldn't give you too many problems. If you're driving in the hooker zone with limo tint, expect issues.
On a side note: The way I’ve gotten out of my last few stops, they always ask if you’ve got any warrants out. I always reply: “I’d better not, I’m in the process to get on with you guys”. They always ask where I’m at in the process (i.e., Taken the written and physical, waiting for the review). They let me go with a “good luck. And, slow down”.