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Unread 06-22-2004, 09:55 PM   #1
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Driving with no side view mirrors

Is it illegal to drive with your doors off, b/c of not having side view mirrors? I want to take my doors off, but I remember reading a post some guy wrote that said he got a ticket for driving with his doors off.

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Unread 06-22-2004, 10:05 PM   #2
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ive been told that around here (buffalo ny) its illegal to not have side mirrors. i never got pulled over for it. you can get attachments to mount the mirrors on the windshield frame though
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Unread 06-22-2004, 10:22 PM   #3
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in maryland you only have to have a drivers side mirror, where are you located?
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Unread 06-23-2004, 06:45 AM   #4
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There have been several post regarding this matter. And I was concerned at one time myself, so this is what I did:

My brother is a local Sherrifs deputy here in NC, and i had him check on this for me.

He told me that "the book" say something along the lines of:

"In a passenger vehicle (under 10,000 lbs) you must have a clear line of sight through a rearview mirror. If no rearview is present, the vehicle must have a side mirror on the driver's side."

Thats pretty much all it stated. He also gave me the general statute number and told me to keep it with my registration in the event that I did ever get hassled about the lack of mirrors.

Not sure what state you're in, but you could always just stop and ask a cop. (Might want to do it with the mirrors on the Jeep though.)
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Unread 06-23-2004, 06:51 AM   #5
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here in FL is the same as Parrothead said...

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Unread 06-23-2004, 09:09 AM   #6
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There have been several post regarding this matter. And I was concerned at one time myself, so this is what I did:

My brother is a local Sherrifs deputy here in NC, and i had him check on this for me.

He told me that "the book" say something along the lines of:

"In a passenger vehicle (under 10,000 lbs) you must have a clear line of sight through a rearview mirror. If no rearview is present, the vehicle must have a side mirror on the driver's side."

Thats pretty much all it stated. He also gave me the general statute number and told me to keep it with my registration in the event that I did ever get hassled about the lack of mirrors.

Not sure what state you're in, but you could always just stop and ask a cop. (Might want to do it with the mirrors on the Jeep though.)



ParrotHead...

I too live in NC (Hickory), could I get that general statue number from you? PLEASE!
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Unread 06-23-2004, 01:10 PM   #7
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ParrotHead...

I too live in NC (Hickory), could I get that general statue number from you? PLEASE!
Yeah, I'll shoot it to you this evening, at work right now.
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Unread 06-23-2004, 02:33 PM   #8
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In my other car, I drove around with no side views because they both got whacked in the high school parking lot. In Texas as long as you have the rear view, you are in good shape to drive, but at inspection time, you have to have at least one side view (driver or passenger).
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Unread 06-23-2004, 02:54 PM   #9
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Not sure what the deal is in Jersey, but going on 3 years w/ no sideviews & not a single look from Cops.
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Unread 06-23-2004, 04:08 PM   #10
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Here is the link and statute for mirrors in NC

http://www.ncleg.net/Statutes/Genera...hapter_20.html

§ 20-117.1. Requirements for mirrors and fuel container.
(a)Rear-Vision Mirrors. - Every bus, truck, and truck
tractor with a GVWR of 10,001 pounds or more shall be equipped
with two rear-vision mirrors, one at each side, firmly attached
to the outside of the motor vehicle, and located as to reflect
to the driver a view of the highway to the rear and along both
sides of the vehicle. Only one outside mirror shall be
required, on the driver's side, on trucks which are so
constructed that the driver also has a view to the rear by means
of an interior mirror. In driveaway-towaway operations, a
driven vehicle shall have at least one mirror furnishing a clear
view to the rear, and if the interior mirror does not provide
the clear view, an additional mirror shall be attached to the
left side of the driven vehicle to provide the clear view to the
rear.

Hope this helps everyone, at least here in NC.

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Unread 06-23-2004, 04:59 PM   #11
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it varies state to state. if you email your local DMV they should tell you...just might be slow in response. i got my answer about four days after i emailed, but they sent me the exact wording and everything.

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Unread 06-23-2004, 05:31 PM   #12
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So, Parrothead, doesn't that say that you gotta have a left side mirror?
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Unread 06-23-2004, 06:22 PM   #13
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Here is the link and statute for mirrors in NC

http://www.ncleg.net/Statutes/Genera...hapter_20.html

§ 20-117.1. Requirements for mirrors and fuel container.
(a)Rear-Vision Mirrors. - Every bus, truck, and truck
tractor with a GVWR of 10,001 pounds or more shall be equipped
with two rear-vision mirrors, one at each side, firmly attached
to the outside of the motor vehicle, and located as to reflect
to the driver a view of the highway to the rear and along both
sides of the vehicle. Only one outside mirror shall be
required, on the driver's side, on trucks which are so
constructed that the driver also has a view to the rear by means
of an interior mirror. In driveaway-towaway operations, a
driven vehicle shall have at least one mirror furnishing a clear
view to the rear, and if the interior mirror does not provide
the clear view, an additional mirror shall be attached to the
left side of the driven vehicle to provide the clear view to the
rear.

Hope this helps everyone, at least here in NC.

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So, Parrothead, doesn't that say that you gotta have a left side mirror?
I read a little farther down and found this:

§ 20-126. Mirrors.


(b) It shall be unlawful for any person to operate upon the
highways of this State any vehicle manufactured, assembled or
first sold on or after January 1, 1966 and registered in this
State unless such vehicle is equipped with at least one outside
mirror mounted on the driver's side of the vehicle. Mirrors
herein required shall be of a type approved by the Commissioner.


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Unread 06-23-2004, 07:33 PM   #14
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In regards to GS 20-126(a) The last line reads this:

"Any inside mirror installed in any motor vehicle
by its manufacturer shall be deemed to comply with the
provisions of this subsection."

Which in turn, contradicts 126(b). Thus, by this sentence, as long as you have a rear facing mirror with an unobstructed view of the vehicles rear, This should constitute as operating a motor vehicle in a safe manner. That is, providing your not an *** to the trooper if you do get pulled.

Good luck with the relocaters, but I think I'll take my chances.

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Unread 06-23-2004, 08:54 PM   #15
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Is it illegal to drive with your doors off, b/c of not having side view mirrors? I want to take my doors off, but I remember reading a post some guy wrote that said he got a ticket for driving with his doors off.
if you got a rear view mirror..no it is not illeagle.
but...there is a mounting attachment you can buy to put the
mirrors on the windshild.
What's bad is this about removing mirrors...call me a dumb a@@,
but while changing lanes....i THOUGHT i was looking into my side mirror, and saw nothing..and almost creamed a pickup by freaken inches...
Of course i got the infamous finger flipped at me..but i'd rather have that , than hitting somone at 65mph.
duh!
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