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This was and will always will be a good topic.
To expand it, let's look at how things really work. The laws are supposed to be in place to protect us and make us and highways safer.
Here is reality. It takes money to do anything, including law enforcement. It starts out as an honest and needed set of laws.
Somewhere along the line, someone sees just how much money a particular law is generating. They have budgets and targets similar to most businesses.
This is where the unfairness and curve comes in. If you get stopped in a time that pressure is on the budget, they are going to make up crap to generate money. They get brownie points for generating the most and writing the most tickets.
When it gets to this point, it is no longer about common sense and safety. It is about the unfortunate ones that happened to get pulled during this time and by an over agressive officer who always has to show off and have the highest numbers.
He will do more good by mistake than he will on purpose. In other words, he will for sure stop some drivers that are unsafe and need action. But many will be very safe, just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
With the stresses on budgets today, it has become a game to see how many dually/goosenecks they can stop because they know they can pop them a good one. Many of them have the money (new diesel duallys are $50K), they are not up on DOT laws like a CDL driver, and they are likely out of state.
It is lethal combination that will drain your wallet.
There, I said it. You can play DOT/CDL roulette if you chose, I find it much cheaper to pay someone to do hauling. I will never be stopped or sued as long as I do it that way.
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