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Old 03-09-2013, 09:38 AM   #1
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Post up your experience with doors off and if you had trouble with police in PA when they were off.

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Old 03-09-2013, 12:09 PM   #2
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Never had an issue here in bucks county pa with no doors. Ocean city Maryland was a different story last summer. I got a ticket every time I took my jeep out. I drive up from pa without the doors, so basically I walked everywhere all weekend.

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Old 03-09-2013, 12:43 PM   #3
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I was stopped by a local in Carlisle that said if it came from the factory with doors on then the doors had to be on. That was in JK I haven't tried yet in the TJ. I will test the waters when warmer weather gets here.
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Old 03-10-2013, 10:31 AM   #4
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locals havent bothered me, did have one state stop me and give a warning
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Old 03-10-2013, 10:52 AM   #5
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Easy enough to google and print a copy of your states motorvehicle code and read it.

I've never encountered ANY state where being doorless is prohibited. Not saying they dont exist...I've just never found one where their law prohibits being doorless.

Mirrors are a seperate issue. Most states require at least two rearview mirrors as part of their minimal safety equipment. Thats why there are so many options for doorless mirror mounts.

If you get pulled over...be nice. You are probebly facing an a-hole cop who likes to flex his authority and any "reistance" will be countered unpleasantly. If you have an attitute...his will get even worse...no matter how right you may be.

BTW...I've been a Peace Officer for nearly 20 years and can honestly say that just like any occupation...come of my co-workes are simply D_ _ks...no other way of saying it.

When they lecture you about your door....NICELY ask them if they have a copy of the latest Motor vehicle code to show you the offense because the copy YOU READ doesnt say anything about it.

Allow him a chance to save-face and retreat...if you corner him physically or intellectually, he will get defensive and that will be counter-productive. If he bows-up and pushes the authority thing, nod...smile...let him write you a citation...then call his department the following day and POLITELY explain the interaction to the patrol supervisor.

If it ever gets to a magistrate...odds are there is more involved than just doors.

But dont BLUFF....take the time to read your motor vehicle code and know what you are talking about.
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Old 03-10-2013, 12:37 PM   #6
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Schuylkill County has been fine with my doors off on the TJ but I do have out of state plates
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Old 03-10-2013, 02:12 PM   #7
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Easy enough to google and print a copy of your states motorvehicle code and read it.

I've never encountered ANY state where being doorless is prohibited. Not saying they dont exist...I've just never found one where their law prohibits being doorless.

Mirrors are a seperate issue. Most states require at least two rearview mirrors as part of their minimal safety equipment. Thats why there are so many options for doorless mirror mounts.

If you get pulled over...be nice. You are probebly facing an a-hole cop who likes to flex his authority and any "reistance" will be countered unpleasantly. If you have an attitute...his will get even worse...no matter how right you may be.

BTW...I've been a Peace Officer for nearly 20 years and can honestly say that just like any occupation...come of my co-workes are simply D_ _ks...no other way of saying it.

When they lecture you about your door....NICELY ask them if they have a copy of the latest Motor vehicle code to show you the offense because the copy YOU READ doesnt say anything about it.

Allow him a chance to save-face and retreat...if you corner him physically or intellectually, he will get defensive and that will be counter-productive. If he bows-up and pushes the authority thing, nod...smile...let him write you a citation...then call his department the following day and POLITELY explain the interaction to the patrol supervisor.

If it ever gets to a magistrate...odds are there is more involved than just doors.

But dont BLUFF....take the time to read your motor vehicle code and know what you are talking about.
Thank you for the advice.
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Old 03-14-2013, 01:44 PM   #8
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I have never had an issue with driving with the doors off, the only law you need to check regarding this is with mirrors. Some states require there to be at least two mirrors. PA only requires one mirror in which can see at least 200ft behind the vehicle, which is taken care of by the rear view mirror. I still have the lange breakaway mirrors as I like to be able to see what is going on. For those cops that like to give us issues, I refer you to the sticker that is placed on your visor. It states that the top and DOORS are strictly on the Jeep to keep the elements out and not as a safety feature. This enables jeepers to take their doors off without breaking the law. If the doors were part of the structural integrity of the car, it would then be illegal. So if you get pulled over, politely show him this sticker right on the visor.
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Old 03-14-2013, 02:04 PM   #9
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I drive all the time with out doors in Pittsburgh, never had a problem once. Just make sure to have at least a driver side mirror
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:14 PM   #10
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I had two mirrors on my JK when the Cop approached me.

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