The way they get ya here is the laws says that all saftey equipment must be functional. They can even write you for non functional running lights or side marker lights. I used to always run a pair of bullet lights down low on about anything that I owned. Normally hanging off the axle, something that I started doing in high school 40 or so years ago. I got written once for one of my bullet lights being out. They stated that it was saftey equipment and made it stick. Granted they didn't like me in that county but that is beside the point.