We know that certain car colors simply stand out more and earn more attention. It wouldn’t be a far cry to assume that a red or yellow car is more likely to get pulled over than a white or black car, purely because they are more likely to grab a cop’s attention as they zoom by.
Usually though, once the cop’s attention is directed at that particular car, they then notice that the car is speeding, has a broken tail light, is swerving, or another legitimate concern for which they then pull over the car. But could your car color get you pulled over?
It might sound crazy, but according to autos.yahoo.com, “In 2010, a deputy in Florida’s Escambia County saw one Kendrick Van Teamer drive by in a bright green Chevrolet. The deputy ran his plates, and found the registration matched a blue Chevrolet. There were no warrants out for Teamer, no reports of stolen vehicles and no pending crimes that involved either a blue or green Chevy. Teamer also wasn’t violating any traffic laws.”
The cop went ahead and pulled the car over, despite the driver not breaking any laws. As it turned out, the car hadn’t only been repainted – it contained small amounts of cocaine, marijuana and $1,100 in cash.
Despite this, the court recently ordered Teamer free on the basis that the deputy was wrong to stop Teamer simply because the color of his car didn’t match its registration. While this ruling was made by the Florida Supreme Court, we shouldn’t be surprised if we see a case like this eventually work its way up to the Supreme Court. States across the country have dealt with similar cases, with rulings falling on both sides.
What do you think? Should law enforcement be able to pull a car over on the basis of its color?
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