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Neon Lighting laws

I am doing a protest project, and the topic I chose was the laws against neon lighting and/or colored lights on our cars. I would like to know how all of you feel about the laws against us....
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Interesting subject.

In my opinion, I dont think you should be able to ride around at night with the lights on. If you want to have the lights on at shows or cruises, or cruising around in a parking area of some sort, fine. They can be distracting to drivers on the road. Im sure ill get a little flack for this on here. But.. That is my opinion.
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i think that if they're exterior, headlights are fine but turning signals and other exterior light should not be allowed if it is blue or red. Any other color like green or pink, or yellow etc should be allowed since they do not resemble emergency vehicle lighting.
As for interior lighting, any color is fine if not visible from a predetermined distance from the lit vehicle. If visible, they may not be blue or red.
Any thats what i have to say on the subject.
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go here and read this.

http://www.autotoys.com/New_Tech/Mis..._neon_laws.htm

i dont know, i hate neons laws, but i'm going to find out lol. that site says no state has laws against neons. BUT however, there is laws on what u can have, like i know the back of you car, license plate lights have to be either white or red. NO other color.

i live in a smaller town, and i drive around with my neons, which are really bright, i have had no trouble with our town cops, but my friend got a ticket for blue neons in his car by the state troopers, so i guess depends on weither they care or not.

back to ur question:

THERE SHOULD BE NO LAW REGUARDING NEONS.

i can see tho, not letting people use strobes of any kind, considering thats what fireman/police/emt's use. but i dont see what a solid glow hurts


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Interesting subject.

In my opinion, I dont think you should be able to ride around at night with the lights on. If you want to have the lights on at shows or cruises, or cruising around in a parking area of some sort, fine. They can be distracting to drivers on the road. Im sure ill get a little flack for this on here. But.. That is my opinion.
Yeah, but it's OK for the big trucks to drive around with whatever kind/color ornamental lighting they want, and these school buses can drive around with a bright ass strobe light going nutz on its roof, but some neon underbody lighting is distracting...
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actually green is used by some emergency vehicles, around here it designtates a vehcile as the command vehicle on scene. i too agree with the solid rule and no strobes. but i think they should also be limited brightness, for some people it can distract them, and more then likely run into your car if their close enough to see it.
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Any ornamental lighting on the exterior of a passenger vehicle in PA is completely illegal by the way, at least that was the case when I had my underbody neon on my '93 in the mid-90's... but I doubt that law has changed...
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Yeah, but it's OK for the big trucks to drive around with whatever kind/color ornamental lighting they want, and these school buses can drive around with a bright ass strobe light going nutz on its roof, but some neon underbody lighting is distracting...
lol so true, so true.

please tell me that the school buses strobe lights are not distracting lol. in that case, I think old people who drive are distracting, I think cops when they pull someone over is distracting, I think stop lights are distracting. I think whoever said neons is distracting, just doesnít like them. I mean come on all I wanna do is show everyone Iím a young kid driving a car, that thinks Iím cool. lol.
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Personally I think if the bulb itself is not visible, only the glow then it should be perfectly legal. Now if the bulbs are visible, or they're flashing that's a whole different ball game. And if you are so easily distracted by that then you shouldn't be driving.
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I see that some feelings are the same.....I think they should be legal if they are not casting light any other place other than down. And if they distract someone, its their problem because they cant keep their eyes on the road.
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well headlights so be against the law, they distract me lol ? i agree if somthing distracts u that easy, then dont drive
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How can a cool neon light be any more distracting than a cool looking car? Are they going to make cool looking cars illegal now?

Personally, as long as the light isn't going to limit the vision of yourself or others on the road and as long as you don't have strobing blue or red lights, than I think you should be able to have whatever lighting you want.
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Well here in GA (at least Columbia & Richmond counties) we can ride with the underglow kits on no matter the color. The only problem we have is if you have blue, red, or yellow flashing on the interior of the car. I think that the underglow kits are fine as long as they are not pulsating while moving, that should be keep for shows.
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DISTRACTING???? i dont think so!
why? a Ferrari on the road will turn heads DAY AND NIGHT, more than a neon kit will anyday. Should they bann Ferrari's? NO

Most laws are specifically designed to make it so people dont abuse the lights and use them to impersonate an emergency vehicle/police officer. but at the same time the COPS get them to word the law in such a way that it can be twisted to their own "PROFILING" uses.

FOR EXAMPLE...

South Carolina law says that a red or blue light cannot be visible from directly in the front center of the vehicle.....

so, to me this means the actual bulb (ie. blue light in front center of dash) but police officers twist the law to say the "light" is the actual glow visible from outside/in front.

i think this is a "PENIS ENVY" issue with COPS and those of use whose cars look good with blue accents. IN their heads i hear ..."IM A COP AND ONLY I CAN HAVE ANYTHING BLUE ON MY CAR" when the real issue is the bad people that do abuse this law and use the lights to rape women, and kill people....

i will comment more later, but this issue really PISSES ME OFF!

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Actually there is a federal law that can ban this whole entire forum then if you look at it that way..

DOT law says that anyone is to; "in no way shape or form to modifiy, remove or replace "vehicle standard" equipment on a vehicle. Vehicle has to be modified/replaced or repaired by only a certified and registered DMV shop, or DOT station. DOT and local authority has a right to inspect the repair or replacement or modification and is to approve it before vehicle is to join public highway traffic...."

Technically, cops can give you a ticket for violating DOT laws cuz your "aftermarket" wing has no "DOT and number" printed on it. Or your ricer rearview mirror. Same for the radio, any part of the engine or whatever else has not been specifically approved for highway use and stamped with DOT numbers on it.
Like.. let's say for argument's sake you manufacture your own TIRES. Or glass. Or antennae. If you don't have a D.O.T. number on it = illegal = not approved by highway use = ticket. Aftermarket auto market knows this, that's why a lot of them are trying to get themselves a DOT inspection and approval on the product they sell or manufacture.
Do Neon lights under your car have a "DOT mark and number?" No. That means that manufacturer of those neons has NOT gotten a permission to INSTALL this on a highway vehicle. Does that stop them from selling it? No, law says nothing about that they can't sell it. Just look at your headlight lens, it has a DOT mark, so does a bumper, door, tire and even glass.
If it ends up on your car, it's your responsibility. So is the "Dr. Dre" CD hanging off your mirror. Here in NY, they call that "an obstruction of driver view." Big loud exhaust? OK, prove in court with a picture and a signature from a DMV local repair shop that it has DOT markings on it and it passes emissions, and then you can use it. Tinted windows here are "dangerous visibility decrease." They actually have cops on street corners with "light guns" to check your tint, anything more than 10% is immediate tow and ticket. Believe it or not, they had decibel meters as well awhile ago, i dunno if they still do that, haven't seen it in a while.
Personally, I don't mind seeing neon lights under car. Some look good, some look as if you have a floorboard missing and your car is a POS. Smoking ban in bars and clubs is bullshit. So is law against seeing tits on public TV. I think they are all bullshit laws.
If you like neon, use it. But you will have to convince your Congressman/woman to change that law, not me.
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