The Traffic Stop

By McPherson Police Department
February 25, 2015

Defective or Improper Equipment Violations;

Brakes & Horns — STO #173 & 174 and KSA 8-1738

Lamps (Head, Tag, Tail, & Turn indicator) — STO #146, 147, 161 and KSA 8-1705, 1706, & 1721

Mufflers — STO #175 and KSA 8-1739

Tires — STO #178 and KSA 8-1742

Windshields/Windows (rear or side) — STO #108, 177, & 181 and KSA 8-1576, 1741, 1749a

Bottom Line: Kansas law enforcement may stop drivers for violations of traffic and equipment ordinances. Equipment should be checked to be sure it is legal and in working order when you purchase your vehicle and regularly afterward. With some exceptions as listed at the links above, Kansas Statute requires motor vehicles be equipped with a functional set of brakes and a horn. Vehicles also need working head, tag, tail, and turn lights of the correct color, and visible from the designated distances. Vehicles must have a muffler to prevent excessive noise. Tire restrictions include accessories, measurement and tread –which are detailed in Statute. Windshields must be unobstructed, without excessive damage and with working wipers, and appropriate tint as listed. Check the links for answers to your questions and private message McPherson KS Police Department if you don’t find the correct answer. All equipment violations are non-moving and subject to a $30 fine, plus $55 court cost.

The “Traffic Stop” appears on Tuesdays and addresses topics of traffic enforcement in the City of McPherson.

The Traffic Section of Patrol Bureau organizes the “Traffic Stop” and welcomes suggestions on topics to address!

Call us if ANY question requires an immediate answer on our non-emergency line: (620)245-1200.