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Old 07-19-2004, 05:33 PM
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This weekends boating started out by me being pulled over by a small town cop in Tower Lakes Illinois. The officer pulled me over and stated that he was going to write me 2 tickets for "safety inspection" violations. He informed me that my trailer with a TC trailer plate requires this safety inspection. I informed him that I have never heard of this. He then informed me that since I was towing the trailer with my Tahoe, it too required a safety inspection.

After some talking with the officer, and not really knowing the statue's he still wrote me a $25.00 city ordinance fine for violation of failure to display the proper safety sticker for my trailer. He did not write me up for the truck.

I do drive through this town every weekend to go boating so I figured that I would call the Secretary of State and find out what I need to do to comply.....would you believe it.....no one new what I was talking about. Not the Secretary of State, not the Police, not the inspection facilities that inspect trucks.....no one.

Now I am am not worried about the $25.00 and sould probably pay the fine...however, I do drive through this town every weekend and I do not wish to get pulled over every time. My better half states to pay the fine and leave it at that. Everyone I talk to states that it sounds like a revenue generator for the town.....but it is still wrong. If I persue, I will probably have a bullseye on the side of my boat while driving through the town!!

Tomarrow I think I will call the chief of police and ask him how I am to fufill my obligation to comply when the State has no idea of how I am to comply??? Then I think I will ask him if I need a special drivers license to drive through their town as well!!(jk)

Has anyone else had this happen???? Or did I just cross paths with a cop that doesn't like powerboaters???
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Old 07-19-2004, 05:40 PM
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If it were me, I'd pay. You drive thru there enough and yes there will be the bullseye.
Think of it as going to the Christmas Police Ball in Dec.
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Could be a county regulation.
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it is a state law.... got pulled over last year.... dmv is suppose to tell you when you buy the plates but..... .... c plates and larger in illinios require a test lane... the so does the truck by default... be lucky cuz in illinios... surge brakes are not legal either...

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it is a state law....... be lucky cuz in illinios... surge brakes are not legal either...

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What's the reason behind that? Does that only pertain to Ill. tagged trailers, or any trailer traveling thru Ill?
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The state police officer that pulled me over told me... The definition of a brake in illinois says it must be able to stop and hold the trailer... a surge brake will stop it but will not hold it in place....

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A surge brake will hold the trailer in place if you take a ratchet strap, and cinch your ball receiver in toward your tongue/winch stand. I have done this many time to secure the trailer on a hill, even when loaded, (with wheel chocks).
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My surge braked trailers have a brake away cable that will lock and hold line pressure if the trailer takes a different path than the tow vehicle.
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so do mine... but electric brakes have a lever you can push to hold them on.. surge do not..... i think its a stupid law... just relaying what he told me.

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Default Re: Trailer Safety Sticker Illinois???????

Baja272,

What was the violation code on the ticket ? Maybe we can look it up that way.

Now that I see this thread and think about it, it reminds me that I have some sort of sticker on my trailer, but I'm not sure what it is for . . . maybe the previous owner had it safety inspected at one time . . . (?)

Tower Lakes IS a small-ass town . . .
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