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Found some Laws in Florida

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ReallyLost

Joined: Sep 26 2003
Posts: 87
Location: Melbourne, Florida


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Post Fri Oct 03, 2003 11:51 pm

I'm looking into the laws for the states I see posted on these boards.
Just so we can have some idea as to what is legal & what is illegal.

In Florida, (not sure of statute, wiil get it soon) As for use of Green light.
Green lights are used on many Emergency Command Centers, which is usually a Fire Department Vehicle, just Green lights, or with a combnation of Green/White, Green/Red, or even Green/Blue. A few officers that I know are helping with the Law search, hopefully soon I will post as much as we can find.

Still looking into the white washer lights, a officer told me that you can have a max of 4 lights forward, any more than 4 you get a ticket.
Hope to speak to a few officers over the weekend & hopefully with out being written lol
pOrk

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Post Wed Mar 17, 2004 6:26 pm

I know this is kind of old - but talking to an officer about the lights will be VERY weighted. Some officers will ticket you for them while others may not. If for example white and green underbodys lights arent ILLEGAL - you can STILL be writtin a ticket for driving with them on. It can be considered a distraction to other drivers and BAM you have a citation.
NeonStyl

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Post Thu Mar 18, 2004 11:27 pm

Unfortunately, p0rk has a point. However, not all law enforcement officers are "out to get you" or just enjoy being a-holes. The best bet for those interested is to find out what the law and/or statute actually says in writing and make a copy of it for your personal records. If it ever becomes a point where a law enforcement officer tells you something different than what is actually in the written law kindly & politely inform the officer of what the law actually states and show them the copied documents (if available).

I have had local police tell me my purple underbody was illegal. I simply politely informed them that it was not, showed them a copy of the written statutes on auxiliary lighting, but I would turn it off if he still wanted. The officer just replied "Oh, I didn't know that. Don't worry about it then."

Just my .02 all, L8R,
ADDICTED2ICELED

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Post Fri Mar 19, 2004 6:16 am

NeonStyl wrote:
Unfortunately, p0rk has a point.


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pOrk

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Post Tue Mar 23, 2004 1:29 pm

ADDICTED2ICELED wrote:
NeonStyl wrote:
Unfortunately, p0rk has a point.


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TechSys

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Post Tue Mar 23, 2004 5:09 pm

316.224 Color of clearance lamps, identification lamps, side marker lamps, backup lamps, reflectors, and deceleration lights.--

(1) Front clearance lamps, identification lamps, and those marker lamps and reflectors mounted on the front or on the side near the front of a vehicle shall display or reflect an amber color.

(2) Rear clearance lamps, identification lamps, and those marker lamps and reflectors mounted on the rear or on the sides near the rear of a vehicle shall display or reflect a red color.

(3) All lighting devices and reflectors mounted on the rear of any vehicle shall display or reflect a red color, except the stop light or other signal device, which may be red, amber, or yellow, and except that the light illuminating the license plate shall be white and the light emitted by a backup lamp shall be white or amber. Deceleration lights as authorized by s. 316.235(5) shall display an amber color.

(4) A violation of this section is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a nonmoving violation as provided in chapter 318.

316.2397 Certain lights prohibited; exceptions.--

(1) No person shall drive or move or cause to be moved any vehicle or equipment upon any highway within this state with any lamp or device thereon showing or displaying a red or blue light visible from directly in front thereof except for certain vehicles hereinafter provided.

(2) It is expressly prohibited for any vehicle or equipment, except police vehicles, to show or display blue lights. However, vehicles owned, operated, or leased by the Department of Corrections may show or display blue lights when responding to emergencies.

(3) Vehicles of the fire department and fire patrol, including vehicles of volunteer firefighters as permitted under s. 316.2398, vehicles of medical staff physicians or technicians of medical facilities licensed by the state as authorized under s. 316.2398, ambulances as authorized under this chapter, and buses and taxicabs as authorized under s. 316.2399 are permitted to show or display red lights. Vehicles of the fire department, fire patrol, police vehicles, and such ambulances and emergency vehicles of municipal and county departments, public service corporations operated by private corporations, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Transportation, and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services as are designated or authorized by their respective department or the chief of police of an incorporated city or any sheriff of any county are hereby authorized to operate emergency lights and sirens in an emergency. Wreckers, mosquito control fog and spray vehicles, and emergency vehicles of governmental departments or public service corporations may show or display amber lights when in actual operation or when a hazard exists provided they are not used going to and from the scene of operation or hazard without specific authorization of a law enforcement officer or law enforcement agency. Wreckers may use amber rotating or flashing lights while performing recoveries and loading on the roadside day or night, and while towing a vehicle on wheel lifts, slings, or under reach only if the operator of the wrecker deems such lights necessary. A flatbed, car carrier, or rollback may not use amber rotating or flashing lights when hauling a vehicle on the bed unless it creates a hazard to other motorists because of protruding objects. Further, escort vehicles will be permitted to show or display amber lights when in the actual process of escorting overdimensioned equipment, material, or buildings as authorized by law. Vehicles of private watch, guard, or patrol agencies licensed pursuant to chapter 493 may show or display amber lights while patrolling condominium, cooperative, and private residential and business communities by which employed and which traverse public streets or highways.

(4) Road or street maintenance equipment, road or street maintenance vehicles, road service vehicles, refuse collection vehicles, petroleum tankers, and mail carrier vehicles may show or display amber lights when in operation or a hazard exists.

(5) Road maintenance and construction equipment and vehicles may display flashing white lights or flashing white strobe lights when in operation and where a hazard exists. Additionally, school buses and vehicles that are used to transport farm workers may display flashing white strobe lights.

(6) All lighting equipment heretofore referred to shall meet all requirements as set forth in s. 316.241.

(7) Flashing lights are prohibited on vehicles except as a means of indicating a right or left turn, to change lanes, or to indicate that the vehicle is lawfully stopped or disabled upon the highway or except that the lamps authorized in subsections (1), (2), (3), (4), and (9) and s. 316.235(5) are permitted to flash.

(8) Subsections (1) and (7) do not apply to police, fire, or authorized emergency vehicles while in the performance of their necessary duties.

(9) Flashing red lights may be used by emergency response vehicles of the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Health when responding to an emergency in the line of duty.

(10) A violation of this section is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a nonmoving violation as provided in chapter 318.

there is a few other things that may fall under what you are looking for at


Statutes & Constitution :-> 2003 -> chapter 316 : flsenategov
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