Originally posted by Warabit
are you sure about that? i guess ill find out if i get pulled over .i mean why blue?i wonder how i would find out...
Absolutely positive...I'm a volunteer firefighter and a few years ago I was a sheriff explorer scout so I've done a lot of research on this subject.
Blue colored lights are reserved/restricted for emergency vehicles only (i.e. police, fire, ems, etc.) and in some states the same goes for red lights and even white lights if they flash.
Think about it - if everyone went driving around with flashing blue and/or red lights eventually it would get to the point where no one would pull over for emergency vehicles responding to a true emergency. Much in the same way, emergency vehicles are restricted on when and where they can use lights and sirens so the public doesn't become accustomed to them running "hot" all the time.
I did some research on your state and found the following information, I didn't include all of it, but only what pertains to what we are talking about. I included a link at the end if you want to read the whole thing.
According to Florida State Statute Title 23 Chapter 316.2397
(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.
WHAT IT MEANS: No one can have red or blue lights except for those listed below.
(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.
WHAT IT MEANS: Only police and vehicles listed above can have blue lights of any kind.
(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......
WHAT IT MEANS: Only the vehicles listed above can have red lights of any kind.
(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.
WHAT IT MEANS: The vehicles listed above can use amber lights for hazards.
(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.
WHAT IT MEANS: White lights only for the vehicles listed above.
(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.
WHAT IT MEANS: What it says - read it.
(10) A violation of this section is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a nonmoving violation as provided in chapter 318.
WHAT IT MEANS: Unless you are pulling people over impersonating a police officer or emergency vehicle you will just get your hand slapped which = a small fine.
I found all this on your state senate's web site: http://www.flsenate.gov/Statutes/ind...Section%202397
So all in all - BLUE lights are illegal, especially if they flash. It's the law and if you break it, don't come crying to me when someone you know has an emergency and the EMS vehicles can't get there because people ignore their lights and right of way. I had it happen to me just a few weeks ago when we were driving the county ambulance transporting a traffic accident victim from the scene to the hospital on a major highway. We came within less than 10 FEET from the rear bumper of this lady's pickup, sirens blaring, lights flashing, and air horn roaring, and she WOULD NOT pull over for the ambulance...everyone else around her did, but she didn't. We ended up having to pass her on the left in the left-turn-only lane of a major intersection which is not only dangerous for us and our patient, but for everyone else on the road at the time. Sorry, but that's my soapbox rant for the day.
The reason I really brought the subject up is because it's become a hot topic here in Colorado after that Jason Clauson kid in Fort Collins killed that gal from UNC after he pulled her over impersonating a police officer.
Personally I would like to have blue to accent my silver trep, but because it's illegal I'll just go with white when I go that route.
Hope all this helps and happy modding.