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THP Cracks Down On Illegal Headlights
Posted: Apr 07, 2010 10:27 PM EDT
By Brent Frazier
SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. - A longstanding, lowly enforced law is getting renewed interest and backlash in Robertson County. The Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers are cracking down on drivers with illegal, blue tinted headlights.
Troopers have the backing of a general sessions court judge. They have really only cited one driver so far: Travis Brown of Cottontown.
Dwayne Norris, who's well studied in the legality of after market headlight bulbs, actually talked himself out of a citation when he was able to prove his blue tinted headlights were legal.
Norris was pulled over by a THP trooper roughly one week ago.
"As he pulled me over, I told him that mine were actually not the illegal ones, they were not the really bright blue ones. They were in fact a true HID (high intensity discharge), DOT approved. I showed him the numbers on the bulb and on the headlight assembly," said Norris, an assistant manager at the Auto Zone store in Springfield.
Norris said his store sells only the legal light bulbs. He admitted some of the "XenonLights," as they're known, or HID lightbulbs are for off-road use only. He said it's up to consumers to know the difference.
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