Elkton, VA asked in Traffic Tickets for Virginia

Q: I was pulled over for stopping at a store on antique tags

One state trooper followed me across town and watched me stop at the store then the state trooper who lives near me was waiting on me in his driveway as I drove by and pulled me over 100 yards from my house. When he came to my window he said the reason he pulled me over was because I stopped at the store on antique tags, how if he was setting in his driveway did he know I stopped at a store and nothing in the law states you cannot stop at a store on antique tags

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David G. Parker
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A: The Code of Virginia limits the use of vehicles displaying antique tags to such activities as driving to test the operation of the vehicle, to drive to and from shows, and for occasional pleasure driving. The Code states that vehicles using antique plates shall not be used for "general transportation purposes" unless they have been inspected and registered in a way essentially the same as normal vehicle registration. The officer who pulled you over would still need to present evidence that you had stopped at the store, whether through testimony from his fellow officer or some other source of admissible evidence.

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