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Old 10-17-2012, 8:50 PM
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Default i drive a crown vic

it is an old lapd car, it has two spotlights (driver and passenger sides) is there a law about what position the lights need to be in while i am driving?
in the time that i have owned the car i have always kept the lights down and pointed at the windshield. my question is am i going to be harassed if i have the lights up and pointing forward?
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Old 10-17-2012, 8:54 PM
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Just keep them pointed down. And if you are afraid of getting in trouble get some covers for the lights. I have aux lights on my Jeep and I know you are supposed to keep them covered.
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Old 10-17-2012, 8:59 PM
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The only lights that can be uncovered while on the highway are DOT-approved lights. Those usually have SAE or DOT on the lens. Since those spotlights do not usually have covers, you have to keep them pointed down.
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Old 10-17-2012, 9:00 PM
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keep them pointed down toward the windshield. Less wind noise and they dont catch the wind and flip backwards.
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The only lights that can be uncovered while on the highway are DOT-approved lights. Those usually have SAE or DOT on the lens. Since those spotlights do not usually have covers, you have to keep them pointed down.
That is what I was looking for, the DOT approved. Basically what this gentleman stated.
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keep them pointed down toward the windshield. Less wind noise and they dont catch the wind and flip backwards.
Seen that happen a few times, sometimes resulting in the spotlight cracking the windshield.
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thanks for the input
i figured that keeping them pointed down was the best option. its just funny when i drive with them up people get out of the way so much faster than they already do.
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I was just going to say, "I'm sorry" but yeah, just keep them pointed down. It is legal to use them for finding addresses and street signs. Just don't shine them at anyone. A lot of Taxi cabs have them and they were a popular accessory in the 50's.
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Old 10-17-2012, 9:13 PM
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i never use the lights unless parked. pointing them at some driving would be a bad idea those things are so bright i wouldn't want someone crashing into me
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I want lights on my car. Lol
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I see people braking- braking hard- when they spot a cop

Even if freeway traffic is going at 50MPh- they still brake

Reflex from chronic speeders

Do people really clear the way for your crown vic?
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Now that the crown vic is no longer being produced, I think less people will slow down when they see a crown vic. The new ford interceptor looks badass too!
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I see people braking- braking hard- when they spot a cop

Even if freeway traffic is going at 50MPh- they still brake

Reflex from chronic speeders

Do people really clear the way for your crown vic?
yeah a vast majority of people will move over some just slow way way down i have had a few people pull over to the shoulder to let me pass
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Old 10-18-2012, 8:19 AM
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Ugh... The new ford interceptor wont catch On. A coule of agencies are trying them out, looks like a " geek squad " car.

The car will be too expensive To maintain and fix, especially since its turbocharged. Its alot more encomonical To use the crown vic as a police car in the end.
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Old 10-18-2012, 5:30 PM
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does anyone know y ford decided to stop producing the crown vic
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They still make the crown vic for fleet sales iirc

The one I'm pissed about being discontinued is the 94-96 caprice

The new one sucks compared to the old one
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Enjoy driving the speed limit everywhere and an annoying whistling noise if they are flipped up.
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I see people braking- braking hard- when they spot a cop

Even if freeway traffic is going at 50MPh- they still brake

Reflex from chronic speeders

Do people really clear the way for your crown vic?
This is called Black and White fever.
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Crown Vics were discontinued, as well as the Mercury Gran Marquis, Lincoln TownCar, etc, for political reasons, that being able to achieve government-mandated mpg's. It does not apply to light trucks, SUV's and the like. I believe the Chrysler 300's with the BIG hemi engines are getting slapped with a "gas guzzler" surcharge in the area of $2000.

Doesn't matter how you display your spotlights. I have two on my pickup and sometimes they're in the up position, sometimes down. So long as they have clear DOT-approved bulbs and you have only two forward facing spotlights, the CVC says you are good to go. Just don't shine them on a moving vehicle or you'll have some explaining to do.
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Why anyone would own an old cop car is beyone me. Why would you even want people to think for a split second that perhaps there is a cop next to them on the road. Not too bright in my view.

Also, the new Ford Taurus 6 cylinder smokes the V8 Dodge, according to my buddy that works EVOC at LASD in Pomona. I was surprised to hear that.
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Also, the new Ford Taurus 6 cylinder smokes the V8 Dodge, according to my buddy that works EVOC at LASD in Pomona. I was surprised to hear that.
That's total BS. I test drove the new SHO Taurus and it is the biggest POS on the road. Push your right food and the f****in car actually slows down.
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That's total BS. I test drove the new SHO Taurus and it is the biggest POS on the road. Push your right food and the f****in car actually slows down.
I test drove a SHO with the performance package. I was actually quite surprised. I don't know if yo;u got a lemon or what....but the one I test drove hauled booty and handling was surprisingly good.
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I test drove a SHO with the performance package. I was actually quite surprised. I don't know if yo;u got a lemon or what....but the one I test drove hauled booty and handling was surprisingly good.
I drove the one they brought to the Auto Show a couple of years ago. I wouldn't think they'd bring a lemon to the show, but who knows, maybe they had a beta tune in it.

Of course, I naturally compare it to the 1995 SHO I once owned which drove like a BOOH...whenever I kicked it in to passing gear (auto tranny) I would have to hold the f*** on!!!
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That's total BS. I test drove the new SHO Taurus and it is the biggest POS on the road. Push your right food and the f****in car actually slows down.
Okay Rorge, just got off the phone with my buddy at EVOC. I wanted to make sure I heard correctly over the campfire last week. He told me that on the pursuit course, the 6-banger Taurus beat the Dodge. On a straight line, it was the other way around. The pursuit course is quick short bursts of speed, followed by heavy hard breaking and quick cornering.

I wasn't too clear originally, but then again I wasn't totally incorrect either.
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You do realize theres two verisions of the interceptor. Theres the twin turbo ecoboost and the 3.7 naturally aspirated
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CHP is replacing their entire fleet of CV's with Explorers...
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CHP is replacing their entire fleet of CV's with Explorers...
theres 5 or 6 around me, darn sneaky too, although PCSO uses them too
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Why anyone would own an old cop car is beyone me. .


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I enjoy driving the crown Victoria its a strong reliable car and most of the time police departments keep them well maintained. The car I bought was used to patrol lax ( or so I was told) service record says it was serviced every month or so. I have owned the car for 2 years now and only thing I have replaced is the right rear axle shaft.
Being that most police officers drive the living **** out of their cars I think i got lucky with mine
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