Today at 12:30pm, I was heading to work, about a quarter mile from my house when a police SUV when down the road going in the opposite direction I was driving in. He quickly turned around, put on his lights and pulled me over. I have lived in the same town for forty-five years, and in the thirty-one years I’ve been driving, I have never been pulled over by any police officer in my town.
He asked for the usual driver’s license, registration, and insurance. He briefly looked at all three, then says: “The reason I pulled you over is because your inspection sticker expired in December of 2017.”
I replied: “That is because my vehicle is exempt from inspection.” He looks at me like I’m making it up.
I told him: “Check the NJ state website, it clearly says: ‘The following vehicles are exempt from inspection requirements (N.J.A.C. 13:20-7.2): Gasoline powered vehicles registered passenger, model year 1995 & older with a GVWR 8,500 pounds or less.'”
He then seems confused and says to me: “Uh, what year is your truck?” (mind you he is holding my registration in his hand which clearly states it’s a 2000). When I told him that it’s year 2000, he looks rather embarrassed and says: “I’m a cop, not a car guy. Have a good day!”
I then proceeded to work thinking to myself that a cop should at least know the laws he is supposedly trying to enforce. Oh well, at least I didn’t get searched, pulled from my vehicle, and shot to death to the sound of “Stop resisting!”