Ok, saw the same (or similar) car again today on peoria with 2 TPD marked units as backers, I'm guessing the white vics with phantom antennas and LED's are new TPD units. Does DPS stop normal traffic or just semis? I've seen the newer taurus with the old school lightbar on it, but I didnt know everyone was fair game for them.. Who governs the DPS cars and how come alot of these cars have civilian plates??? This is all new to me, sorry if this thread is out of place guys and gals.. I'm a country boy in the big city now..
DPS is kind of a broad brush to paint things with. It's kind of like someone saying they are a federal agent with the Dept. of Homeland Security. There are many different seperate divisions within both of those respective departments. I guess the answer to your question would be "both". Different divisions within DPS can and do stop both semi's and normal traffic.
When you mention a newer Ford Taurus with an "old school" lightbar on it. Are you talking about a tan or brown colored one that says Corporation Commision on the side and has a Federal Signal Jetstream ligthbar on it? Those are the guys that are out there checking semi trucks and stuff like that.
About the civilian plates, any agency can have a vehicle with civilian plates on it. It's all a matter of what that plate says when it's run through VREG. I'm sure Phil has run into this also but there are some black Crown Vic's out there with civilian plates that are not really civilian cars. When you run the tag through the state's vehicle registration database (VREG) it comes back "not on file".
I know who those guys are but I'm guessing they don't care to let everyone know who they are.
Oh, and now that you are in the city, I hope they told you that you have to keep your banjo in a locked case and seperate from the drivers compartment of your vehicle. You must also store it unloaded (must remove the strings).
I'd hate to see you go down for transporting a loaded hillbilly instrument.