Originally Posted by TBarr
just got pulled over today for speeding and the cop not only didn't ticket me, he said he liked my lights
I have the same experience, except i got the speeding ticket
DISCLAIMER: This is just my experience and it doesn't mean anything in the court of law.
A few things I have seen mentioned here that isn't true for my truck (which the tails have been pitch black with WHT nightshade for over two years):
1. The reflectors still reflect back light from headlights or intense sunlight. (if you are really worried about this, you can keep some of the tailight the original color)
2. The brakes are very easily seen from 1000 feet during daylight (this is the state law for Kansas)
3. I have been rear-ended. BUT FIRST, the cop that came to the scene checked the tails on the spot and deemed them legal, but he wasn't too happy about tinted tails. When questioned about the tailights, I first stated the law by heart. Then, the officer told me I was right. He said he didn't like tinted tails, but they were legal anwyay. AND, the other's insurance company had no problem with the lights. I don't remember which company he had, but I'm on state farm and they're cool with nightshade.
I'm going to go out on a limb and say that tinted lights CAN actually be safer than standard red taillights. Some cars (not so much the Ranger) have pretty weak tailights (specifically pontiacs). In a red housing, there is very little color change from lights on to lights off. With nightshade, the color changes from black to red. The color change is more noticeable for sure.
IF you are so worried, use window tint. It can come off if you need it too. And you can buy it in different variances of darkness until you find one you like.