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I'm surprised. I was quite sure it was illegal. If anyone else in Ohio was wondering -

http://www.state.oh.us/ohiostatepatrol/FAQ.html#eq1
What colors and types (under body, in-car, etc.) of neon lights are legal?

Lights must not rotate, oscillate, or flash, but state law does not prohibit the use of colored neon lights under your car as long as they do not interfere or blind other drivers.

Ohio Revised Code, section 4513.17 prohibits flashing lights on motor vehicles with the exception of emergency vehicles, turn signals, and hazard flashers.

As long as the neon lights are less than 300 candle power they are not in violation of any State law. If the lights are more than 300 candle power they must be directed to strike the pavement the vehicle sets upon at a distance of no more than 75 feet. The lights can not exceed 500 candle power. Colored lights, such as neon lights around a license plate, could be illegal if the light illuminates the plate and changes the colors of the plate. State law requires a white light to illuminate the rear license plate.
 

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****, I'd like to find out about Ontario!!!
 

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Just keep a copy of the law in your car for when the cops harrass you. I have found cops will mess with you regardless of the law and many times do not clearly understand the law or choose to ignore it or make up their own laws.
 

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Thanks for the tip ChicagoTRS - I never thought of that.

I wouldn't be surprised if cops don't totally understand the law on lighting.
 

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I agree with ChicagoTRS completely...

when I had my 1979 Cutlass, the front windows were tinted really dark, 25% I think it was..
my dad informed me that the state law on vehicle window tint wasn't enacted until 1981, so my car was exempt...as long as the tints were applied before the law was enacted..
he printed out a copy of the vehicle code and I kept it in the car for when I got pulled over (which was alot)
Some cops didn't care what the paper said and wrote me tickets anyway, which got thrown out in court. You see, it was up to the state to prove the tints were put on the car before 1981, which is impossible, so they threw the case out every time. (except once, because the judge was an asshole)
i got away with it for a while, then I read about how in 2006 the old law concerning tints is going to go away I suppose, but it doesn't matter now, since I don't have the car anymore :cool:

so keep a copy of the law in your car, and be respectful when talking to the cops...a few of the ones I showed the paper to were like "you tryin to get smart with me punk?!"

too bad that law can't apply to my 'trep :baaa:
 

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Well...... Doesn't get much more official than the Ohio State Highway Patrol's web page! :)
 

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jtatz said:
I found Iowa's Motor vehicle site......... but couldn't find any mention of neon or much in the way of auto laws either - http://www.dot.state.ia.us/mvd/index.htm
Iowa prefers to inform residents of laws by way of tickets. Then when you prove them wrong in court they continue to insist on finding you guilty and make you pay... :mad:
 

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OK GUYS, i jus got my neon kit hooked up i dont have a intrepid (almost baught 1 but was short on cash) but i do live in ohio and stumbled apon this post and thanks,i was wondin about that but now that the record is str8 on that, is it illegal or legal for interior neons? or whats the law on that?

Thanks,
Adam
 

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Just make sure the interior neons are not visible on the outside of the car!
 

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Just make sure the interior neons are not visible on the outside of the car!
well crap so thatmeans i can only use the 2 under the passenger and the driver side columns...and not the one by my dome light GRRRRRRRRRR owell cant ask for to much at leaste there not illegal in ohio i guess cause that woulda ben a waste of 180 dollars.. :behead: thanks for the info tho def appriciate it! :thumbsup:
 

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OK GUYS, i jus got my neon kit hooked up i dont have a intrepid (almost baught 1 but was short on cash) but i do live in ohio and stumbled apon this post and thanks,i was wondin about that but now that the record is str8 on that, is it illegal or legal for interior neons? or whats the law on that?

Thanks,
Adam
should have bought a intrepid even if you had to deliver newspapers for a while :bash:
 
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