Pro tip: the drawing power of the Busted Tail Light Law Attracting Charm is generally stronger than the protection power of the flannel Law Keep Away charm.
If you’re going to bother with a Law Keep Away charm, slow your roll for a minute and make sure you’re not also carrying something that can negate or overpower it. In addition to the Busted Tail Light, that includes the following Law Attracting charms, amulets, and words of power:
- the “Non-functional Tag Light” charm
- the “IDK When to Shut My Mouth” chant
- the “I Hang Out With Stupid MFers” talisman
- the Subwoofer “Whole Neighborhood Needs to Hear My Favorite Jams” rite
- the “Lead Foot” amulet
- the “Too Loud For This Paper Sack” charm
Give your rootworkers and your folk saints a little bit to work with, y’all.
ETA: In response to a comment on FB where a reader said they were just thinking about checking all the lights on their older car, I responded:
In the military, we called it PMCS, preventative maintenance checks and services I think it stood for. (That’s been 20 years ago now so don’t quote me on that, but it was something like that.) And you had to do it every single time you checked out the keys to take a vehicle somewhere – go down the checklist, and turn in the checklist to get clearance to leave the lot with the vehicle.
It takes a few minutes, yes, but imnsho, anybody with an older vehicle should implement something similar and get in the habit of doing it *every single time they operate the vehicle,* as should anybody who:
– can’t find their insurance card
– can’t get their license renewed until next Tuesday or whatever
– has panic attacks when pulled over and thus immediately pings as looking guilty or acting weird to law enforcement
– travels with a dog who might be perceived as looking or acting threatening if they were to be pulled over
– is a member of a group who has historically been subject to targeting or profiling by law enforcement
– is giving a ride to someone they can’t be 7000% sure doesn’t have a stray forgotten anything in a jacket pocket
– just plain can’t afford the time to get pulled over
– is pretty bad about cleaning out their car and can’t be 7000% sure there’s nothing in it that might look weird to law enforcement
– has a warrant out for their arrest and hasn’t finished tidying up their business so they can go turn themselves in
– might have had even a speck of alcohol spilled on them wherever they’re leaving from
– has consumed even a speck of alcohol
– has any kind of criminal record
– etc etc etc.
Basically my point is there could be 100 very good reasons for you (generic you) to want to avoid interactions with law enforcement that don’t involve you actually intentionally committing a crime or being a criminal. I mean, who *likes* to get pulled over?? And so you really improve your odds of avoiding such interactions if you get in the habit of making sure your vehicle is 100% legal and road-safe Every Single Time. It takes a little time, but I think it’s time well invested!