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Old 01-26-2016, 06:31 PM
 
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I work a part time job as a cashier after school and on the weekends. The job is about 10 minutes from my house, and I worked a 4 hour shift tonight and drove about 5 minutes of the drive home with my headlights off. I did notice it was dark, but I didn't think much of it because it's a late January night, but at a light I looked down and realized my speedometer wasn't illuminated and quickly turned on the headlights. Luckily I was not pulled over, so there were probably no cops around, but I am worried that a driver either heading in the opposite direction as me or behind me noted my license plate number and turned me in to the police. Do you think my fear is rational or do you think there is little to no chance of me being reported? And if someone did report me, when should I expect to receive my ticket in the mail and how much will the fine be? I live in New Jersey.
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Old 01-26-2016, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica, Ca
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I wouldn't sweat it. If the cops did t see it ... No ticket. I am sure they have better things to do with their time than track down someone who was driving without headlights... even if someone reported you.
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Old 01-26-2016, 06:52 PM
 
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No need to worry about the cops.

However, someone might have caught your mistake on camera and could upload it to the internet where complete strangers judge you and will call on you to be fired for a civil infraction...
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Old 01-26-2016, 06:53 PM
 
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Couldn't read your license plates in the dark.
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Old 01-26-2016, 07:34 PM
 
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dont sweat it. the only way anything would happen is if someone got your license plate, called the cops, and was willing to make a citizens arrest. only then could the officer write a ticket for the infraction. and you could fight the ticket in court, and both the cop and the person making the arrest would have to show up as well, remember you have the right to face your accuser even in traffic court.

the kicker here is that if you beat the ticket, you could then sue the person making the arrest, not the cop, for false arrest.
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Old 01-26-2016, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Our car has automatic headlights that come on when it gets dark, I really like them.
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Old 01-26-2016, 10:45 PM
 
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Your fear is irrational. Cops can't and don't write tickets based on the hearsay of another person.
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Old 01-26-2016, 11:36 PM
 
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Your fear is irrational. Cops can't and don't write tickets based on the hearsay of another person.
actually they can as long as the other person is willing to make a citizens arrest and testify in open court, and accept the possibility of being sued for false arrest, or other such charge as a good attorney sees fit.
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Old 01-27-2016, 12:00 AM
 
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actually they can as long as the other person is willing to make a citizens arrest and testify in open court, and accept the possibility of being sued for false arrest, or other such charge as a good attorney sees fit.
Where?
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Old 01-27-2016, 12:36 AM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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Your fear is irrational. Cops can't and don't write tickets based on the hearsay of another person.
^^^This is correct. And cops/court won't issue a citizens arrest on a he said she said situation. And a citation for headlights is not a crime so you can't get arrested for that.
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