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Old 02-04-2013, 08:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was up at the cabin this past weekend and on Friday afternoon myself and 3 guys were riding south on Sunset towards 612. The sheriff was sitting at the corner of 612 and Sunset and I slowly approached and was planning on riding by. Well he got out of the truck and gave me the "kill the engine sign" so I did, as I figured he'd just want to check trail permits.

He asked for registration and I didn't have it on me, but rather back at the cabin 2 miles away. Gave him my drivers liscene and he wrote down my registraion numbers, vin #, and went to his truck. Ran all my stuff and wrote me up a ticket for failure to have that piece of paper. I culdn't beleive it because he ran all my stuff and obvisouly could see I owned the sled and it was properly registered. I tried pleading my case but he didn't care.

Just bothers me as I pay taxes in the county already, am bringing guys up to the area to support the bars and whatnot, and am getting dinged $100 + for not having a piece of paper.

Anything I can do to fight it, or any advice from guys who have had the same ticket?

I'll always have that peice of paper now, but never had had an issue in all my years of riding. Funny thing is he asked the other guys if they had thiers, but never asked to see.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Plead not guilty and get your day in court. Still have to miss work but it's probably your only solution. I know it works for no proof of insurance
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I was up at the cabin this past weekend and on Friday afternoon myself and 3 guys were riding south on Sunset towards 612. The sheriff was sitting at the corner of 612 and Sunset and I slowly approached and was planning on riding by. Well he got out of the truck and gave me the "kill the engine sign" so I did, as I figured he'd just want to check trail permits.

He asked for registration and I didn't have it on me, but rather back at the cabin 2 miles away. Gave him my drivers liscene and he wrote down my registraion numbers, vin #, and went to his truck. Ran all my stuff and wrote me up a ticket for failure to have that piece of paper. I culdn't beleive it because he ran all my stuff and obvisouly could see I owned the sled and it was properly registered. I tried pleading my case but he didn't care.

Just bothers me as I pay taxes in the county already, am bringing guys up to the area to support the bars and whatnot, and am getting dinged $100 + for not having a piece of paper.

Anything I can do to fight it, or any advice from guys who have had the same ticket?

I'll always have that peice of paper now, but never had had an issue in all my years of riding. Funny thing is he asked the other guys if they had thiers, but never asked to see.
There is nothing you can do,its against the law not to have the registration with you,you just happen to be the guy that got the ticket that day,whenever i ride in the cadilac area i have all my paper work i need i have, never ran into such straight and narrow DNR/sheriff as in that area,plus the state is broke so you just gave to the cause.Its been so bad in that area for the last two years i dont even like riding around there.

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Old 02-04-2013, 09:20 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Welcome to sledding in Kalkaska County. Almost as bad as Wexford County (Cadillac).

BTW, since when does paying taxes, and having friends spend money locally give anyone a free pass?


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Welcome to sledding in Kalkaska. Almost as bad as Caddy.

BTW, since when does paying taxes, and having friends spend money locally give anyone a free pass?


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It doesn't.

My issue is why have the registration stickers on a sled if they don't mean anything? If I have a drivers liscenes and that matches registration why is that not ok?
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It's the same reason we have plates on our cars and trucks, but still have to have the registration.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:35 AM   #7 (permalink)
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The reason for the registration decals, is for the sake of being seen by others. The proof of registration (paper) is for identification purposes.

Same premise behind each automobile required to have a license plate AND a proof of registration (paper).




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Wow. Thats BS. Ive never carried it with me and ive been stopped before. Id fight it or next time youre up stop into the station and show them the registration and ticket. Might get it signed off.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:51 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Tell them you're not paying your taxes until they void the ticket... J/K


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Doesn't help you now, but I've always and I told this to my kids. I care a registration (sleds, autos and what not) in the vehicle itself and I also care another copy of each in my wallet. My daughter once got pull over and they ask for insurance and registration. She couldn't find them in the vehicle but remembered she had the also another copy in her wallet, saved her from getting this kind of ticket.
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