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Laws on underglow

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Mikel Bracken

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Post Thu Nov 30, 2006 7:41 pm

Does anyone know if Blue underglow is illegal in houston or surrounding areas?
MonteCarloSteve

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Post Thu Nov 30, 2006 7:47 pm

usually any underglow is illegal
Losing quickly

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Post Thu Nov 30, 2006 8:09 pm

I'm guessing blue is illegal. It is a given that Blue and red glow is illegal (impersonating cops)
alienyoungjr

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Post Thu Nov 30, 2006 8:37 pm

in Texas it is not illegal to have underglow at all. You can have any color as well, just NEVER let patterns be in use while driving. Never allow your bars to be visible. Definetly don't allow any of your bars shine straight outward from sides/front/rear. Most cops will ignore you, or rather not pull you over for it. But some cops that havn't pulled their head out of their a**es will anyways. There are no laws against underglow that I have yet. Just be careful.
stasis-

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Post Fri Dec 01, 2006 12:15 am

this gets asked a LOT. the easiest, msot recurring answer, is to ask the local PD icon_confused.gif
Ace 96

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Post Fri Dec 01, 2006 5:47 am

whether legal or not, you can always be certain you can use them while parked in a parking lot of driveway.


i think when they say "illegal" they mean, don't use while driving
Dave

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Post Sat Dec 02, 2006 12:20 am

All depends on the kind've day the cop's having puppy_dog_eyes.gif
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Post Sat Dec 02, 2006 12:35 am

Ace 96 wrote:
whether legal or not, you can always be certain you can use them while parked in a parking lot of driveway.


i think when they say "illegal" they mean, don't use while driving



if they are visible on the road, no. its hit or miss, depending on the cop and his mood
Glowin97x

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Post Sat Dec 09, 2006 12:07 am

Tex. Transp. Code § 547.305

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TRANSPORTATION CODE
TITLE 7. VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC
SUBTITLE C. RULES OF THE ROAD
CHAPTER 547. VEHICLE EQUIPMENT
SUBCHAPTER D. GENERAL PROVISIONS REGARDING LIGHTING REQUIREMENTS


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Tex. Transp. Code § 547.305 (2006)

§ 547.305. Restrictions on Use of Lights


(a) A motor vehicle lamp or illuminating device, other than a headlamp, spotlamp, auxiliary lamp, turn signal lamp, or emergency vehicle or school bus warning lamp, that projects a beam with an intensity brighter than 300 candlepower shall be directed so that no part of the high-intensity portion of the beam strikes the roadway at a distance of more than 75 feet from the vehicle.

(b) Except as expressly authorized by law, a person may not operate or move equipment or a vehicle, other than a police vehicle, with a lamp or device that displays a red light visible from directly in front of the center of the equipment or vehicle.

(c) A person may not operate a motor vehicle equipped with a red, white, or blue beacon, flashing, or alternating light unless the equipment is:

(1) used as specifically authorized by this chapter; or

(2) a running lamp, headlamp, taillamp, backup lamp, or turn signal
lamp that is used as authorized by law.

(d) A vehicle may be equipped with alternately flashing lighting equipment described by Section 547.701 or 547.702 only if the vehicle is:

(1) a school bus;

(2) an authorized emergency vehicle;

(3) a church bus that has the words "church bus" printed on the front
and rear of the bus so as to be clearly discernable to other vehicle
operators;

(4) a tow truck while under the direction of a law enforcement officer
at the scene of an accident or while hooking up to a disabled vehicle
on a roadway; or

(5) a tow truck with a mounted light bar which has turn signals and
stop lamps in addition to those required by Sections 547.322, 547.323,
and 547.324, Transportation Code.

(e) A person may not operate highway maintenance or service equipment, including snow-removal equipment, that is not equipped with lamps or that does not display lighted lamps as required by the standards and specifications adopted by the Texas Department of Transportation.

(f) In this section "tow truck" means a motor vehicle or mechanical device that is adapted or used to tow, winch, or move a disabled vehicle.
comtomizer22

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Post Tue Feb 06, 2007 2:55 pm

Any laws in kansas that anyone knows of??
Tim

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Post Tue Feb 06, 2007 3:09 pm

The best rule you can go by is to not drive with them on. Save it for the parking lot or your driveway. Or on some backroads if you know cops don't frequently patrol that road.
comtomizer22

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Post Tue Feb 06, 2007 4:07 pm

alright sounds good
pewter s10

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Post Sun Feb 18, 2007 5:31 pm

what about arkansas... anyone got info on it??
Voltage

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Post Sun Feb 18, 2007 6:33 pm

I can honestly tell you that in MOST states having UB glow on while driving is illegal. Even if it says something like "You can't have any lights over 300 candlepower" etc etc, they will pull you over for ANY type of glow on the exterior.

Of course this is applicable to MOST states, Arkansas may be lucky, then again it may be like the rest of us icon_razz.gif
WhooFleuryScores

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Post Sun Mar 11, 2007 12:34 am

Supposedly in MA it is ok as long as they are not red or blue; but as a general rule here they say to just keep them off while you drive in roads where cops are likely to be.

No fun right?...
jdusty914

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Post Wed Mar 14, 2007 11:42 am

I just found all the state laws online...there is a link in a post that has every state in it...hope this info helps you all out...
shizzzon

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Post Wed Mar 14, 2007 7:26 pm

The flashing blue can get you in trouble for impersonating a police officer. The red is due to fire departments and volunteer firemen who have the right to use them as emergency equipment. Be aware that it can not obstruct your view.



KRS 189.950

(2) No motor vehicle, except emergency vehicles shall be equipped with, nor shall any person use upon a vehicle any red or blue flashing or oscillating light or place a red light on the front thereof.



This is the law as it pertains to the lighting. No red and no flashing blue and your good top go.

You can’t have any red or blue lights which oscillate or flash. You can not have any red lights at all. The undercarriage lighting is fine. Just be careful not to use the color red. You know the lights that are on the hood I guess where the windshield wiper sprayers are illegal if red. They are illegal if flashing or oscillating if blue. Oscillating: cause or produce rhythmic, predictable variations between two extremes, usually within a set period of time

This was emailed to me from a detective i know in my state in Kentucky.
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