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Boats in Southeast Louisiana

Trailer Inspection

Better get them inspection sticker for all your trailers. I took my truck to the shop Friday and was asking about Inspection on boat trailers. The guy said I need one. Did anyone get a ticket this weekend on old 51 in Laplace?
June 10, 2013 at 1:26pm
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Posted June 10, 2013 at 5:05pm
Got a 2 year sticker

for mine.
First tag I have ever gotten in over 35 years of pulling trailers.

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Posted June 10, 2013 at 7:47pm
Bayou Black

Many tickets were issued this past weekend in Bayou Black. A friend of mind received two tickets. One for failure to have a trailer inspection and a second for not having his safety chain fixed in a 'criss-cross' manner forming a saddle. He did have it fixed to his truck, but WLF gave him a ticket nonetheless becasue it was not fixed in a 'safe manner'.

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Posted June 10, 2013 at 8:18pm
Crossed Safety Chains

I find it hard to believe it is a LAW to have the safety chains crossed. This is the first time I have ever heard of this one.

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Admiral RabbitProfile Photo
Posted June 10, 2013 at 9:55pm
'It's still a money grab'

...w/the 'S' hooks there is a chance of one jump'n out...the '0' w/the nut, no chance...I think crossing them has something to do w/physics if you swerved or hit anthing uneven...cheers

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JBProfile Photo
Posted June 11, 2013 at 6:10am

rhall - Ask your buddy what RS Statute he was charged with regarding the safety chains. It is on the ticket as well as a description of the statute. There is no such law regarding how safety chains are connected. Some boat trailers do not allow for chains to be crossed.
There are tons of rumors going around about WL&F writing tickets for these stickers and even a few rumors that roadblocks are being set up to check for this sticker. So far, not a single rumor has come to be true. I think it was Tony Taylor who called LSP and WL&F about this and spokesmen for both departments said these rumors were false. Not saying your story is not true but we have YET for someone to say HE got a ticket. It's always a buddy of mine or a buddy of a buddy.

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Posted June 11, 2013 at 8:35am

I was there when the tickets were being issued, so it is true. Tcikets were also being issued at the Oilmen's tourney in Coco. I was not there, but saw a ticket issued, because I was like you---only heard rumors.

When my friend gets home from work he will check his tickets, and I will provide the R.S. #. I will then post here and alos send you email.

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Posted June 11, 2013 at 10:20am
inspection sticker

I went get my first inspection sticker yesterday.So for me its one down and four to go.

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birdnestProfile Photo
Posted June 11, 2013 at 10:21am

Is the sticker a WLF issue or a state police issue? Isn't the reasoning to be able to drive the trailer on the highway? Do the Wildlife agents write traffic tickets as well? I'm certainly not doubting anyone. I'm just wondering where the line is drawn. I honestly don't know.

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Posted June 11, 2013 at 10:23am
inspection sticker

it'x the one you get for you car or truck with a big 'X' stamped on it

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JBProfile Photo
Posted June 11, 2013 at 11:16am

rhall - the statute for the inspection is 32:1301.

I am real curious to know what statute the chains fall under as I have re-read the statutes and can't find one pertaining to safety chains. 32:1301 is the catch-all.

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Posted June 11, 2013 at 1:02pm
Some answers!

To JB and concerned others....Just talked to my buddy who got the two tickets. As JB correctly stated earlier the inspection violation fell under 32:1301. The safety chain violation fell under 32:384, which is some written rule of Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

My friend asked his lawyer to get involved and this information comes from his tickets and a conversation with the poe-poe earlier today.

He intends to fight the safety chain issue.

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Posted June 11, 2013 at 1:29pm
crossed chains

I cant say what the actual law is on exactly how chains have to be connected, but as far as why you should do it and the physics of crossing chains goes, it is that a straight chain will tend to have a wave like action from the movement and bounce of bumps on the road and if you hit a hard bump just right at just the right time it can flip the ''s'' hook off like you would flip a water hose hanging on a rack in order to get more hose off of the hanger.

by crossing the chains it is having the tension of its own weight pulling at an angle which cancels out the wave action that a straight chain has so with no wave action it cant flip the hook off even if you jump a levee. if there was any wave action to the chains, because they touch as they cross it would immediately stop the movement.

that's the mindset behind why crossing the chains is more secure and safer.

as to tickets being a myth I have personally seen with my own eyes the trailers lined up being checked by uniformed WLF agents at golden meadow public launch on two different occasions as well as seeing some sort of officials checking them at the BC launch in Norco

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Posted June 11, 2013 at 7:53pm
Thanks, with an update.

keakar..Thanks for that great information. Since I was a little kid, my Dad always told me to cross the chains to make a saddle. He would say that if trailer came loose, the tongue would fall into the saddle, thus keeping it off the road and easier for the trailer to be controlled until a stop could be safely made.

Update on two tickets. My friend's attorney was told the D.A. will not accept the charges for the safety chain violation, so he went pay the inspection ticket this afternoon-$213.00

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Posted June 11, 2013 at 8:08pm

$213 is a lot more than an inspection sticker. Seems a little much to me. But it is what it is. Wow. Guess that's how Jindal is going to balance the budget. Along with the Geauxpass.

Now I need one for my flatbed. And chains long enough to criss cross.

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Posted June 11, 2013 at 8:51pm

What is really sad is that he also went get his inspection sticker today. He called before he went to determine exactly what he would need. He did not need to bring his boat/trailer, only registration paperwork. Two minutes later, and ten dollars less in his pocket, he got his sticker and left.

So, I must ask---If this inspection stuff is for safety purposes as the state (LWFD) so now professes, why is the trailer not needed.

Just another tax, disguised under the vague heading of safety.

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Posted June 12, 2013 at 5:58am

rhall - I can promise you that the inspection station that gave him the sticker will be fined heavily should LSP investigate.

Glad he got it straightened out. $213???? Cheese and rice!!!!! Guess I will get a sticker after all...

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Posted June 12, 2013 at 6:39am

I thought they had a article in sportsman saying that they were not waiting at launches to write tickets??

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Posted June 12, 2013 at 7:17am
$$ GI xpressway

A 'buddy' told me he heard they were going to set up a checkpoint at the L turn on the GI xpressway on Friday's. Just pass the geauxpass booth. Good luck!

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Posted June 12, 2013 at 7:26am
Got mine

Went last week to get my 1st ever inspection sticker for my boat trailer. Guy did not even look at he trailer. 20 bucks, an X and attach to registration. He told me he was getting lots of business since all this mess started. I hope they stop me. I will politely give them all my legal requirements and hope they grimace at the realization that the easy tickets are going to start to dry up.

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Posted June 12, 2013 at 9:46pm
anywhere but south of Leeville

Cork - Another reason not to cross that !^&##$%)! bridge! You just sealed the deal for me.

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Posted June 17, 2013 at 8:46am

Well I got a little nervous about the recent hi-dollar tickets being given for the lack of boat trailer inspections so I went down to my local shop and had one done on mine. So be aware I will be 'flaunting' my boat trailer to law enforcement on my uncoming trips as I'm headed down the highway. $20 more for the La. budget!!
If you don't have an inspect. sticker but still have one of those'Sportsmen for Jindal' sticker on your pickup they might let you go! Good luck.

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Posted June 17, 2013 at 10:26am

My question is this. If am driving up to a dock, and I have not violated any laws, what probable cause does an LSP officer have to ask for the inpection sticker? I think the GW's fall under different rules, but a police officer would definitely have to have some form of PC to ask for it unless it is set up like a check point where everyone is checked.


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Posted June 17, 2013 at 12:44pm
trailer inspection

Why not get your trailer inspected and follow the law? It is and has been a law for a long time that anything that is pulled or driven down the highway has to be inspected. Why risk a big fine when you can get legal for $10 a year or get it for 2 years the same as your vehicle?

As far as not being able to get pulled over just for an inspection is bull. Any law officer can pull you over any time he wants. Have you ever noticed that when an officer gets in back of you, you have a feeling that you did something wrong and you get nervous and might just accidentally weave a little and get close to the center line or weave a little to the other side and just about get to close to the shoulder. We all do it.

So why not follow the law and spend $10 a year?

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Posted June 17, 2013 at 9:40pm
Inspection Stickers

elebouef, why do some states have NO trailer inspections? Is it really about PUBLIC SAFETY or about $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ ? Bottom line, $10 is a lot cheaper than $100 plus.

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Posted June 18, 2013 at 9:41am

After seeing all the hoopla about boat trailer inspection stickers, I decided to talk to a friend who is a state trooper. He said that in the 15 yrs he has been with them, he has never seen a ticket for a boat trailer not having a inspection sticker unless the trailer was in such a condition to be unsafe for road use and warrant the towing vehicle to be stopped. Yes it is the law but he has not instructed the troopers working under him to target boat trailers. Also, if LDWF is writing a ticket, how are they working the paperwork work and fines through the police and the dept. of motor vehicles. The head of LDWF was on TV a month ago and said that they have not targeted boat trailers without inspection stickers. I know that LDWF agents have some flexibility concerning laws but this would be a little ridiculous.

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Posted June 18, 2013 at 9:50am

Your sticker not being visible is in itself Probable cause..... its a plain view item and if its not in plain view is an offense....

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Posted June 18, 2013 at 10:01am

I took my boat out two weeks ago at Bayou Des Allemands. Came in around 11:30, and there was a LDWF agent in a State truck with no trailer behind it parked on the other side of a van. I saw him as I was walking to my truck/trailer. He got out to approach me, but I went in the Porta-Potty. He went back to his truck, and I came out and went back to my boat and fished for another 30 minutes. Went back to the launch and he was gone, around noon. I saw a guy who lives next to the launch, and I asked him what he was doing there earlier, said he was checking trailers. I went straight to the inspection site I use for my vehicles and got one, had tried twice in the past two weeks, but it had rained and the road was damp, and he would not issue me one. First sticker I ever got for trailer in 45 years of pulling one. The guy told me he has been issuing many, many for trailers. He wasn't even sure what he was supposed to be looking at. He checked my lights and tire condition, as well to see if I had safety chains. I told him that I heard he was supposed to check and make sure there was sufficient means to hold the boat to the trailer, as well as road worthy, ( fenders on trailer, etc). Bought the $20 for two years. It ought to be for three years, pain in the ----.

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Posted June 19, 2013 at 9:42am
trailer inspection

the fishdoctor posted:
'elebouef, why do some states have NO trailer inspections? Is it really about PUBLIC SAFETY or about $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ ? Bottom line, $10 is a lot cheaper than $100 plus'.

All I have to add to this is, it is the law and we have to live with it. I don't know and care about other states. If someone is not satisfied with a law in a certain state then they could either move or get their representative to try and change it. Most representatives will try any thing for a vote.
Also if you feel like you can't afford the $10 inspection fee, you could look up and see if OBAMA doesn't have a free program to get your trailer inspected. Looks like he has one for everything else. A $10 inspection fee costs a lot less than those free cell phones that he has given to certain people and some of them also like to fish, so maybe there is a program in place already. lol

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Posted June 19, 2013 at 4:52pm
Where to put?

Got my first ever trailer inspection sticker. Mine was handed to me and is the same kind that sticks to your glass from thr inside. What do you do with this on a utility trailer?

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keakarProfile Photo
Posted June 20, 2013 at 12:15pm
Where to put?

for trailers you just keep it with your registration papers.

if you don't always use the same vehicle then put your papers and sticker in a ziplock bag and keep them in the boat.

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Chris Holmes , Louisiana Sportsman Field ReporterProfile Photo
Posted July 23, 2013 at 4:22pm
Gave In

After hearing and reading many different things on the trailer inspection issue, I gave in (partially).

I got an inspection sticker on my kayak trailer this morning.

All I needed was the Registration and they simply checked stop, turn and brake lights on the trailer. Got the two year one for $20.

The only reason I got it is my yak trailer regularly travels around the state and particularly, heading to Grand Isle tomorrow and for RTB in August. I figure this would be a great weekend for them to make a killing with all the folks headed to the Tarpon Rodeo. I just don't trust the Golden Meadow police, etc and figure $20 is much better than a couple hundred dollar ticket.

The only fact I know for sure is that the law does require an inspection sticker. It just hasn't been enforced, but certainly can be.

My other three trailers rarely leave St. Bernard and I have no worries there, so I won't get them inspected. I'll see what happens in the next two years with this situation and hopefully I won't have to worry about renewing it.

Big AProfile Photo
Posted July 23, 2013 at 10:51pm
Once again a bogus report.

Yet another post where no one has been issued a ticket. It's always a friend or 'heard through the grapevine' who receives the tickets. Just because an agent is at a launch checking registration on a trailer does not mean he is checking for an inspection sticker. If someone says an LADWLF agent or state police has issued a ticket for inspection stickers they are completely wrong. See link below. This is proof no tickets have been issued straight from the horses mouth. Why are you sportsman keeping this rumor going? It's becoming worse than the Zimmerman trial. Get over it! It's bogus. I'd also like to see some CLEAR pictures of these tickets posted on this site. I bet you get zero.


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Posted July 24, 2013 at 6:16am
Bogus Rumors

Big A - I can't help but think this is kinda like the whole 'Obama is gonna make guns and ammo illegal so lets buy everything now' reports. I am no fan of the man at all but see what a little panic can cause??????

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Posted July 24, 2013 at 7:55am

Question for JB. Didn't I read in one of the numerous threads on this subject that you just went out and got your trailer inspected? If you don't believe any of the hoopla, and you do believe what LSP and WLF is telling the media is gospel, why bother with it now? For the record, I don't think it's as bad as everyone is making it out to be. I also live 2 miles from Canal Bank on the Diversion and haven't heard of anyone that was in that supposed group of 65. Tight lines.

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JBProfile Photo
Posted July 24, 2013 at 10:44am

TBOY - yep, I went and got my sticker, because it is the LAW. I never said I was immune to the panic lol. And yes, I believe those 2 departments when they say they are not enforcing that law, one of those departments is my employer........

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TBOYProfile Photo
Posted July 24, 2013 at 1:29pm
Sticky sticker

But it's BEEN a law. heehee. Just messing with you. I knew you were a LEO, just didn't know who you worked for.

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