Take my comments as general in nature and not personal.
I'm not at all in disagreement over what you are stating. It sounds like you are fair in your evaluations of things.
The day my partner was stopped I was traveling with him and stopped when they pulled him. There was no (0) reason for either of the officers mentioned to even have any reason to ask me for anything at the time. I had done nothing.
I have no issue respecting law enforcement and expect the same in return. We were two cars heading to Richmond VA for a dyno tune in the early morning hours (7AM) on Rt 64, doing the speed limit and minding our own business. It was also a weekend that they had numerous patrols on the roadway for some reason. They even mentioned that.
As you stated, you can check to see what is legal in the state the vehicle is from. I don't particularly know VA law and as mentioned was just passing through. With the registration on my vehicle and a new inspection sticker I feel it was entirely uncalled for to "Make it a point" to say anything about it. It was not just that he said it but the way he said it that pissed me off. I realize he may have had a bad day but no need to pass it on to me.
That being said, I wouldn't even want to walk a day in your/their shoes. There is a lot more stupid crap to worry about other than someone from another state driving down the interstate in a somewhat loud exhaust car. You all certainly get my respect for what you do regardless.
I was quoting part of what Trunk Monkey had to say to Va. LEOs in general. I hadn't read your post yet.
Your friend was stopped and then you stopped along with him I take it?
Did you stop behind the police car or tip toe past and pull over some distance away as to make it clear you were no threat at all and not interfering and just waiting?
Any LEO stops a car and another pulls over is a concern .... so either way, they are gonna be watching that second one close .... which takes attention away from the other one he / she did stop. Best to make it easy by pulling past a ways ..... and not behind the police car.
Don't know what you did
.... just saying as I've been in that spot a lot ..... and if I stop the red car and a blue one stops close enough to in any way become a threat, if driver of blue choses to inject him or herself into my stop uninvited, I always got their ID as well.
As to exhaust ..... straight pipes are illegal on Va. highways, irrespective of the car's or driver's home state laws. Same with excessively dark tinted glass on a Va. highway. My custom of checking the latest list I had available was my discretion, it was not codified. When it came to exhaust, straight pipes got a ticket whether they had Va. Tn. Tx, WV, or other tags on it.
.... I could see where they were maybe trying to stay legal .... I used discretion up to the point that my judgement told me it was not just illegal, but also dangerous.
..... they didn't care I figured .... so I didn't use the same discretion.
Same with tires, busted windshields, lighting, no trailer lights, etc.
..... none of that is meant to be particular to his or your case ..... I wasn't there and no matter what is typed here, I'll never know enough about the stops from the LEO's perspective ... or y'all's perspective ... to reply definitively.
In an effort to maybe help explain
(and keep in mind most state's laws concern themselves with conduct / conditions on that state's highways, not other state's
) ..... I post some links
..... it's easy reading.
Take care .........
Code of Virginia - Title 46.2. Motor Vehicles
Code of Virginia Code - Chapter 10. Motor Vehicle and Equipment Safety
§ 46.2-1047. Muffler cutout, etc., illegal
§ 46.2-1049. Exhaust system in good working order
§ 46.2-1050. Mufflers on motorcycles
§ 46.2-1052. Tinting films, signs, decals, and stickers on windshields, etc.; penalties
§ 46.2-1079. Radar detectors; demerit points not to be awarded
§ 46.2-1121. Flag or light at end of load