Did You Know.....
Things you may not have known could get you in trouble legally
.....that carrying controlled medications in containers
outside of their original prescription pill bottle could get you arrested?
- It's called Misbranded Drugs and can lead to a
misdemeanor or felony charge. If you carry controlled medications in
something like a pill planner or sorter, be sure to keep your current
prescription bottles with you to show the officer in the event that it's
needed. If you're unsure if your medications are controlled/scheduled,
then ask your doctor or pharmacist.
.....that talking, texting or even looking at your cell
phone in a school zone is strictly prohibited?
- Even if you're just checking the time on your phone
and an officer sees you looking at your phone in a school zone, you will be
pulled over and likely cited for using a cellular device in a school zone.
Hands-free is also prohibited in a school zone.
.....that objects hanging from your rearview or sitting
on your dash could get you a citation for an Obstructed View?
- It doesn't happen often, but occasionally an officer
will encounter someone with excessive items hanging from the rearview or
sitting on the dash and those items create a visual obstruction. Be
sure to keep your view unobstructed while driving for the safety of yourself
and others on the road.
.....that if the tint on your windows is too dark
(varies by state) then you can get a citation?
- In Arkansas side and back windows must allow 35% of
for General Assembly details
.....if your license plate is not visible and/or
legible then you can get a citation?
- Missing license plates, muddy license plates, burned
out license plate lights, or plates covered with a custom tinted cover could
land you with a citation for an obstructed license plate.
.....that your parking and tail lights have to shine
- If the cover is broken or busted, then a quick fix is
to find the red tape sold in most automotive stores to patch the cover until
it can be fixed properly. White bulbs shining through the broken cover
can result in a citation.
.....that custom installed colored lights are not legal
to use while driving?
- Some vehicles have custom colored lights installed in
headlights or as decoration around headlights or tail lights, but those
lights can not be in use while the vehicle is in driving operation.
.....that wearing your shoulder strap behind your back
is the incorrect way to wear a seatbelt and you can get a ticket for no
- Some people wear the strap behind their back for
various reasons, like size, shoulder pain, etc, but it is the improper use
of the seatbelt and will likely get you a ticket. If you have problems
with your seatbelt fitting correctly you can contact your vehicle
manufacturer and they will provide a seatbelt extension at little or no
.....that taking donations left outside or in bins at
various donation centers (Big Brothers Big Sisters, Abilities, Salvation Army,
etc) is illegal and you will be arrested for theft of property if caught?
- Those donations are intended for that business' use
and/or sale. Any property left on another entity's premises for the
purpose of donation to that business becomes the property of that business
and anyone caught taking it will be arrested.