I only wish I was kidding! Came up behind him turning left up in Harlem. I was going well below the speed limit and he lit me up as soon as I got in front of him. He came up and asked me why my visor wasn't down. 'Do you know that's against the law?' No- I replied- I have my glasses on. 'Those aren't approved glasses'. Ie. I'm giving you a ticket for something right now because I'm having a ****ty day and am under quota for the month. When he asked for my license he clearly saw my Superior Officers Association Retired card (friends and family on the job), and I was entirely polite and cool in dealing with him. I was really shocked when he came back with a ticket instead of a warning. I looked up the law, and it appears this is a pretty common NYPD tactic for creating a search situation for registration/license etc. Not that it should matter- but it wasn't the greatest neighborhood where he pulled me over. From here: http://nymstf.org/Responsibility.htm
"One of the reasons we're telling you about this is because of the current practice of the NYPD stopping motorcyclists wearing full-face helmets for having their face shields lifted even to small degrees. To the NYPD a helmet's face shield is either fully closed or it is not, and is therefore in violation. Some officers have confided that this practice is indeed just a way to bootstrap reasonable suspicion for further fishing expeditions (to check for licenses, registration, insurance, inspection, etc.) but we already knew that. What concerns us more is the officers are convinced that the law does actually prohibit lifting a face shield from the fully closed position while operating a motorcycle.
New York State law does NOT prohibit lifting the face shield of a helmet.
15 NY ADC 54.2 defines: "Goggles or face shield. An eye protection device as defined in American National Standard Institute's Z87.1 as most recently amended". Unlike the helmet definition which specifies the goal of protecting the wearer's head against a blow, the eye protection definition does not specify against what the wearer's eyes are supposed to be protected."
I have a great amount of respect for our boys in blue; and I'd say there are far more examples of the kind of cop that picked up my bike when he saw it go over, than the one that gave me a bogus ticket.