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Newsflash: Painting your car in America is not illegal (yet)

Florida: Changing Car Color Does Not Justify Traffic Stop
Florida Court of Appeal rules repainted cars should not be automatically subject to traffic stops.

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This became an issue on June 22, 2010 when an Escambia County Deputy Sheriff saw a bright green Chevy. The deputy ran the plate and the record showed the vehicle was registered to a blue Chevy. The deputy initiated a traffic stop, and Kerick Van Teamer, the driver, explained his car had recently been painted. A search turned up drugs leading to Teamer's arrest. Teamer sought to suppress the evidence because he never should have been pulled over in the first place.

The sole issue before the court was whether a traffic stop can be based on a mismatch between a car's color and what is listed on the vehicle registration. Prosecutors argued the difference in color should be investigated as potential illegal activity of making a false statement on a vehicle registration. The First District judges agreed the discrepancy raises potential for concern, but they did not agree it would be enough to justify a stop.

"Changing the color of a vehicle is not illegal, and the state does not require an owner to report the change in color to the DHSMV [Department of Highway Safety, Motor Vehicles Division]," Judge James R. Wolf wrote for the three-judge panel. "The question then is what degree of suspicion attaches to this particular noncriminal act?"

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Paint regulations.

At first, before I read the article, I thought this was about epa demands to eliminate solvent based paint and replaced with water based paint, which is in effect, even though epa demands that full suits be worn along with exhaust fans.

But if this can be done, and standard lights bulbs restricted, if you can imagine more regulations for recording paint color change, I would believe that it can/will happen. At the tax payers expense, of course.

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Man this is stupid:

I didn't even know that various states had the color of a car registered.
That whole concept is alien to me. I have had so many vehicles in my life and painted and re-painted so many that I couldn't imagine even the thought of keeping track. Where I live, there is no such thing. Never was.
I remember as a younger man, some of us would get together, paint a car or motorcycle, and after a couple of weeks decide we didn't like it and paint it again.
Why does it matter what color something is if all an officer has to do is be certain that the registration matches the VIN.?
gooberment boobs, morons, idiots, but I digress.

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