POV / Courtesy Light Laws

Posted by admin 03/03/2017 2 Comment(s)

Not a copCourtesy lights are used to request right-of-way primarily by volunteer or call firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to expedite their drive in their privately owned vehicles, to their firehouse or base. Courtesy lights do not allow the user to disobey traffic laws such as speed limit, stop signs or stop lights. Courtesy lights should not be confused with emergency warning lights used in conjunction with audible warning systems (sirens) for emergency vehicles such as police cars, fire apparatus and ambulances, nor should they be confused with warning lights as used by tow-trucks, snow-plows, construction vehicles and school buses to increase awareness especially when moving slowly or stopped in the roadway.

 

A vehicle lawfully displaying courtesy lights is not an emergency response vehicle. In most states, vehicles displaying courtesy lights must still stop at stop signs, red lights, etc. and may not speed or disobey any traffic regulations. Usually, violation ticket fines are increased if the ticketed car was flashing courtesy lights.

 

Laws vary greatly by state.

 

The following table is a list of courtesy light laws by state and the appropriate statute to reference when deciding what light colors you can legally operate on your vehicle. If you're not sure, it's best to check with your department, your chief, local police, your mom, or anyone that can give solid advice.  

 

While we try to make sure this is accurate, we are NOT responsible if you buy lights from us and they're the wrong color and you get yourself in trouble.  

Ultimately, you are responsible for your actions.   Be safe and BE SMART out there!

 


ALABAMA
Vehicles authorized by the Alabama Director of Public SafetyAmber or yellow§ 32-5A-115
ALASKA
Department of Transportation and Public FacilitiesYellow or amber lights13 AAC 04.095
Contractors used for highway maintenanceYellow or amber lights13 AAC 04.095
Construction companies and public utility companiesYellow or amber lights13 AAC 04.095 
Any bus, truck, or rig that is wider than 80-inches or more than 30-feet longYellow or amber lights13 AAC 04.095
Any vehicle that is lawfully towing a large building or houseYellow or amber lights13 AAC 04.095
Volunteer firefightersBlue/amber13 AAC 04.095
ARIZONA
School buses and snow removal vehiclesAmber and yellow lights28-947
Hobby or display fire engineRed flashing lights28-947
ARKANSAS
Volunteer Firefighters, EMSRedA.C.A. § 27-49-219
Tow trucks and wrecker vehiclesAmber lightsA.C.A. § 27-49-219
CALIFORNIA
Tow trucks and wrecker vehiclesAmber lightsVC section 25253
COLORADO
Tow trucks and wreckersYellow or amber flashing or oscillating lights42-4-2133 
Volunteer firefighters, Volunteer ambulance attendeesRed and white 360°visible42-4-222
CONNECTICUT
Wreckers and tow trucksTwo flashing yellow lights14-96q(C )(4)(A)
Any vehicle carrying fifteen or fewer handicap passengersFlashing red light14-96 (p)(2)
Motor busPurple lights14-96 (p)
Interstate public service vehicleGreen lights14-96 (p)(2)
Taxi CabsWhite, lunar lights14-96 (p)(2)
Volunteer firefightersBlue lights14-96 (p)(4)(b)
Volunteer ambulance personnelGreen light14-96 (p)(4)(c)
DELAWARE
Tow trucks and wreckersAmber or yellow lights14-96q(C )(4)(A)
Volunteer fire chief officers, fire policeBlue and whiteTitle 21 Chap. 43 SC II
FLORIDA
Volunteer first responders, medical physicians, and paramedicsRed lights316-2397(3)
Security vehiclesGreen lights316.2397
GEORGIA
Tow trucks and wreckersYellow, amber, red, and white lights40-6-16
HAWAII
Volunteer firefightersRed warning lights291.31-5
IDAHO
Tow trucks and wreckersAmber and yellow warning lights49-910A(3)
Volunteer firefightersRed lightsTitle 49
ILLINOIS
Hazard vehicles, caution vehicles, construction trucks, and tow trucksAmber and yellow warning lights12-215(b)2
Volunteer firefightersBlue lights094-0730
INDIANA
Funeral escort vehiclesRed/white, red, or amber lights9-19-14-5.5
EMT POVsGreen lightsTitle 9
Volunteer firefightersBlue lightsTitle 9
IOWA
Tow trucks and construction vehiclesYellow/amber lights321.423.6
Volunteer firefightersBlue lights321.423
KANSAS
Volunteer firefightersVaries depending on countyChapter 8 Article 15
Towing, wide transport vehiclesAmber/yellow lightsChapter 8 Article 15
KENTUCKY
Command vehiclesGreen lightsChapter 189.00
Volunteer firefightersRedChapter 189.99
Towing, wreckers, and wide transport vehiclesAmber/yellow lightsChapter 189.99
LOUISIANA
Volunteer firefightersRedRS 32:318
Wreckers and tow trucksAmber/yellow lightsRS 32:318
MAINE
Volunteer firefightersRed/White§2054
Highway maintenance vehiclesAmber/Yellow§2054
Wrecker , tow trucks, snow removal vehiclesAmber/Yellow lights§2054
Animal control officersAmber/yellow lights§2054
Mail carriers, newspaper carriersAmber/yellow lights§2054
Hazardous material vehicleBlue light§2054
Funeral escort vehiclesYellow light§2054
MARYLAND
Taxi CabsGreen lights22-218
Volunteer firefightersRed/White lights22-218
Towing, wrecker, and wide transport vehiclesAmber/yellow lights22-218
MASSACHUSETTS
Forestry vehicles, Deputy Chief of a Municipal Fire Department, Volunteer firefighters, Fire department chaplainRed oscillating lightsChapter 90 Sec 7E
Individuals that were hired by a police department official to do a particular taskBlue lightsChapter 90 Sec 7E
MICHIGAN
Volunteer firefightersRed lightsSection 257.698
Towing vehicles and wreckersRed/white257.698
Wide transport vehiclesAmber lights only257.698
Snow plowsAmber lights257.698
Vehicles dispatched to spills or major clean-upsAmber lights257.698
Funeral escort vehiclePurple or amber lights257.698
PhysiciansRed oscillating or flashing lights257.698
Security vehiclesAmber lights257.698
MINNESOTA
Snow removal and maintenance vehiclesBlue lights169.63 subd.4
MotorcyclesBlue lights169.63 subd. 4
Towing vehiclesAmber/red169.63
MISSISSIPPI
Volunteer firefighters, rescue squadsRed lights§ 63-7-19
Tow trucks and wreckersAmber§ 63-7-19
MISSOURI
Volunteer firefightersBlue lights

307.175.1
304.022.1  

Tow trucks, State Highway, UtilityAmber and/or White lights

307.175.1
304.022.1  

MONTANA
Volunteer firefightersRed lights61-9-402
Tow trucksAmber/red lights61-9-402
Wide transport vehiclesAmber lights61-9-402
NEBRASKA
Emergency mgt, and military vehiclesGreen lights60-6-233
Volunteer firefightersRed/blue/white lights60-6-233
Tow trucksAmber/red/blue/white60-6-233
NEVADA
Tow trucks and wide transport vehiclesAmber484A-480
NEW HAMPSHIRE
Security vehiclesGreen266-78-b
Volunteer firefightersRed lights266-78-c
Towing/wide transport vehiclesAmber/yellow lights266-78-b
NEW JERSEY
Volunteer firefightersBlue lights39:3-54
TowingAmber/blue lights39:3-54
Wide transportAmber39:3-54
NEW MEXICO
Volunteer firefightersNo color specified66-7-6
Tow trucksAmber/blue lights66-3-835
NEW YORK
Volunteer crime patrol1 amber light, lit only when engaged in a patrol operation§ 375 (41)(3)
Volunteer firefighters1 blue light, lit only when engaged in an emergency operation§ 375 (41)(4)
Volunteer EMT1 green light, lit only when engaged in an emergency operation§ 375 (41)(5)
NORTH CAROLINA
Volunteer firefightersRed light, lit only in performance of duties§ 20-130.1 (b)(8)
NORTH DAKOTA
Volunteer firefightersBlue/amber39-01
Tow trucksAmber/red lights39-01
Wide transport vehiclesAmber39-01
OHIO
Farm equipment on public roadsAmber4513.17
Volunteer firefightersRed/White4511.01
Towing and wide transport vehiclesAmber4511.01
OKLAHOMA
Tow trucksAmber lighting47-12-2-12-218
OREGON
Volunteer firefightersRed lights816-350
Towing and wide transport vehiclesAmber lights816-350
PENNSYLVANIA
Volunteer firefightersBlue lightsChapter 173
Towing and wide transport vehiclesAmber lightsChapter 173
RHODE ISLAND
Volunteer firefightersRed/White lights31-24-31
Wreckers, tow trucks, service station trucks, snowplows, tractors, utility trucks, television vehicles, Funeral procession vehiclesAmber31-24-31
SOUTH CAROLINA
Volunteer firefighters & EMSRed lights - 360°visibleChapter 56
SOUTH DAKOTA
Towing and wide transport vehiclesAmber32-14-1
TENNESSEE
Tow trucks and wide transport vehiclesAmber/white lights55-9-402
TEXAS
Volunteer firefightersRed, Red/White or Red/Amber547.001
UTAH
Towing and wide transport vehiclesAmberTitle 41 Chapter 6a
VERMONT
Volunteer firefightersRed23-1252
Wide transport and towing vehiclesAmber23-1252
VIRGINIA
Volunteer firefightersRed and white; max 2 lights46-2-1025
Tow trucks, utility vehicles, haz mat vehicles, garbage collection vehicles, security vehicles, farm vehicles and tractors, neighborhood watch vehicles, funeral escort vehiclesAmber46-2-1025
WASHINGTON
Volunteer firefightersGreen204.21.30
Towing and wide transport vehiclesAmber204.21.30
WEST VIRGINIA
Towing and wide transport vehiclesAmber17c-15-26
Haz mat vehiclesRed lights17c-15-26
School buses, agriculture vehiclesRed lights17c-15-26
Snow removal vehicles, tow trucks, newspaper delivery vehiclesAmber17c-15-26
WISCONSIN
Volunteer firefightersRed/whiteChapter 347
TowingAmber/redChapter 347
Wide transport vehiclesAmberChapter 347
WYOMING
Volunteer firefightersRed/white/amber warning lightsArticle 9
Tow trucks/wreckersAmber/whiteArticle 9
Wide transport vehiclesAmberArticle 9

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2 Comment(s)

Jeffrey Lafferty:
03/07/2017, 08:06:05 AM
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Pennsylvania fire chief deputy chief asst chief. Fire police captain and lieutenant. Can use Red/White/Amber lights. Department owned vehicles for fire police can also have Red and Blue. Vol firefighters use blue only Police use Redand Blue EMS captains can run Red. Others use Blue Funeral vehicle's can use purple or amber Command units can add Green Tow truck , Snow Plows , escort vehicles,paper delivery,mail delivery, construction vehicles use amber

Texas State Trooper:
03/07/2017, 05:09:08 PM
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Texas you are able to run red/blue as well as long as the red are at the highest and outer most corners of the vehicle

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