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Old 12-12-2012, 10:32 AM   #1
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Exclamation Maryland Law - 3rd Brake Light

I have purchased a '98 with no 3rd Brake light. Is it needed in Maryland? I have seen a few jeeps without it.

I have not been pulled over yet. If I do I kind of like that I can plead ignorance. But thought I would ask if any of you all know if it is required by law.

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Old 12-12-2012, 03:15 PM   #2
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I am almost positive that the 3rd brake light is necessary in MD. Everything I've seen has said yes. Though, unless the cop reads the Maryland section of Wrangler Forum, you can still plead ignorance!

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Old 12-14-2012, 01:10 PM   #3
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I figured, MD has every other stupid law in the books why would this be any different.

Ha, was about to ask my uncle if it was a law but he's already frowning upon the tint on my dd.

Going to have to start looking for a way to get a 3rd brake light on this bad boy than.
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Old 12-14-2012, 01:42 PM   #4
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Just use a flashlight, you''ll be fine!
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Old 12-16-2012, 07:50 AM   #5
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Old 12-26-2012, 10:03 PM   #6
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My dad is a law enforcement officer in Maryland and says you don't. And I haven't had one since I put my 33 inch tire on as a spare 2 years ago.
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Old 12-27-2012, 10:51 AM   #7
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huh, thats interesting. well less work for me than, thanks Colin
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Old 12-27-2012, 01:55 PM   #8
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Just read up on this a tad more and found Maryland Law (as with most things once lawyers get a hold of 'em) pretty confusing. Seems there's one section that states: “every motor vehicle … shall be equipped with at least one stop lamp,” and (b) every vehicle sold after January 1, 1967 “shall be equipped with at least two stop lamps.”, but there's another section of code which reads: "all equipment originally installed in motor vehicles to be maintained in working order." I don't know which would hold up, but if it were me, I'd at least make something so there'd be a center brake light...I don't want to invite myself to get pulled over.

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Old 12-28-2012, 07:50 AM   #9
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Well that is just a cop-out for the state lol they can fight any angle.

Thanks Drew-G I'll add it to my to do list for the summer I suppose
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Just read up on this a tad more and found Maryland Law (as with most things once lawyers get a hold of 'em) pretty confusing. Seems there's one section that states: “every motor vehicle … shall be equipped with at least one stop lamp,” and (b) every vehicle sold after January 1, 1967 “shall be equipped with at least two stop lamps.”, but there's another section of code which reads: "all equipment originally installed in motor vehicles to be maintained in working order." I don't know which would hold up, but if it were me, I'd at least make something so there'd be a center brake light...I don't want to invite myself to get pulled over.

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Sounds like if you have a 3rd brake light stock you have to keep it. I've seen many Jeeps driving around w/ no 3rd light/tire carrier and never seen them get pulled over. I've seen plenty of people driving w/ tinted or blacked out headlights and tail lights and not got pulled over either.
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Old 01-13-2013, 12:58 PM   #11
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I second that you need your third brake light. In fact, you technically can't modify your suspension height, bumper and do most other awesome mods that you want to do. MD doesn't make it easy to figure out. As seen from the above quotes from the MD transportation article. However, the state's COMAR manual basically says you need to keep your vehicle stock. And who really does with most vehicles. Plus most cops don't go looking to pick on Jeeps unless you got tires sticking way past you fenders. Go get some bushwhackers flares then. If you do get stopped, it's probably going to be a warning or maybe an equipment repair order (ERO). Unless he's a jerk or you are.
The only issue I have seen with ride height and bumper issues is 4x4's getting rear ended and sent toward on coming traffic. The truck crawled up the hood of the opposing car, crushed the windshield in and killed the driver. Though its not the trucks fault for being rear ended, he does share some of the blame since his truck should of made bumper to bumper contact and he had modified his tires and suspension.
If you all have traffic related questions make sure you try to ask a traffic (motor) officer, not just a best cop. Thats who cops turn to for traffic related questions. Plus, some own Jeeps.
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I have emissions due in 2 weeks, think they'll say anything? I figure that's not their jurisdiction but who knows.
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I have emissions due in 2 weeks, think they'll say anything? I figure that's not their jurisdiction but who knows.
No once you have been inspected you pretty much in the clear. emissions just focuses in cat/muffler/O2 sensors.
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Got it, well it passed inspection in order to be sold to me so I guess thats a plus.

Now my focus is on passing emissions fingers X'd
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woo passed emissions

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