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illegal.....unless you possesed license for it.
 

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Not illegal unless you used it on the street. Meaning you could put it on a show ONLY car, but that car must be used for shows or parades only. It could never be driven on a city street or highway. It would have to be trailered to shows. The only other exception I can think of would be for movie or tv use. Of course then the streets they were filming on would be closed to civilian and pedestrian traffic, so it would be a bit different.
 

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question is, why?

I was thinking they were only illegal if USED on the streets. (but I guess I"m not sure what the regulations are on a high visibility item like that)


(but on another note, gets me wondering what the regulations are on the siren mount locations. the new fire unit we picked up HAD to have sirens outside of the light bar (namely in the grill)......)
 

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Why are they illegal? Because the use of them on any vehicle could be and WOULD be construed as impersonating an officer -- a felony in most states. Wig-wags and strobes are not visible unless in use so they're perfectly legal until you turn them on. A full light bar however typically means one thing and one thing only -- the car it's on contains a cop.
 

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not to be nosey or anything, but why would you want that on your car? you a cop or something?
 

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There is a reason the price of it is not listed, They probably need your info and why you need it.

It probably depends from state to state but You would probably be ok if you gutted everything out, if not, then its inpersonating a police officer.

Ive got a blue dash light cause im with the cpvfd. Im wanting to emt training and get a badge to get the green lights/parking lights back on my car.

If I was you, that being if you want to use them so you can scare the crap outta someone that desreves it, I would hide them in the grill, I have a set of red and blues in my grill and have a dual red/blue strobe in my glove compartment.

But use at your own risk, They can get you in all sorts of trouble.
 

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Sir willie's right. Not illegal as long as you don't use it (have it lit). In ohio, and probably just about everywhere else, its illegal to have blue lights anywhere on your car and illegal to have red anywhere but FACING the rear. The one color light I know is totally legal anywhere on your car (besides clear) is green.

hmm...a persuit mark8...
 

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Found one with a price:
http://www.dodgepolicecars.net/pds_equipment.htm

I've tried to tell people on the emergency fire dept. to get an old police vehicle if it has the light bar. That way, they don't have to do anything to it. One of my friends put one on his Taurus.
 

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chorizon said:
not to be nosey or anything, but why would you want that on your car? you a cop or something?

It would look awesome on my car. Plus, for the reasons it is illegal, to look like a cop could be pretty fun.
 

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Dubbsy said:
question is, why?

I was thinking they were only illegal if USED on the streets. (but I guess I"m not sure what the regulations are on a high visibility item like that)


(but on another note, gets me wondering what the regulations are on the siren mount locations. the new fire unit we picked up HAD to have sirens outside of the light bar (namely in the grill)......)
The siren-in-the-grille thing is an occupational safety issue. With the siren speaker in the light bar it's louder inside the cabin and may prevent the officer (or fireman) from hearing another emergency vehicle that may be overtaking him. That's the story the RCMP gave our shop when they changed their specification, anyway...

As for the light bar - in most places a light bar is perfectly legal as long as it doesn't show illegal colors (I'll use red/blue for examples). If you wanted to put a light bar on your car you can get clear domes and colored filters for the lights. You could put amber/green in the bar for everyday driving and red/blue for show. Locally, if you have red/blue on a car and you aren't an authorized person the light bar (or deck lights, grille lights, etc) must be covered. We run into this at our shop a lot, where our "vehicle compliance" officers (heavy truck inspectors) use their own cars. They are required to put red/blue lights on them, but when they do their wives, family members, etc are not allowed to drive them unless the lights are covered. LED's are a big help in this situation because they show no colors unless lit up.

Legal colors vary from state to state, and even county to county, but pretty much universally it is illegal to show a red light to the front or a white light to the rear (except for backup lights). These are DOT specs as well as anti "impersonation" specs.
 

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Fubarian said:
Sir willie's right. Not illegal as long as you don't use it (have it lit). In ohio, and probably just about everywhere else, its illegal to have blue lights anywhere on your car and illegal to have red anywhere but FACING the rear. The one color light I know is totally legal anywhere on your car (besides clear) is green.

hmm...a persuit mark8...
Umm, Not in Indiana. Green is reserved for emercency vehicles, Ive also been stopped in ohio for green parking lights as well. I did have them on for a while but I got tired of being pulled over and having to whip out my badge that I keep in the tunk with all my gear.

From what Ive been told here reciently about colors on cars/ ex.

Stobes: Any color, you cant have it on while driving.
Underglow/underbody lights: Just about every color had been legalized but you cannot have them mounted in the front.

Also, Something unrelated, If you paint your car a different color than what you have it registered as, The police have a reason to pull you over. Sucks huh.

Ive been pulled over in the cougar cause it looked blue, when its WL Midnight Opal Metallic Clearcoat- It said black on the title so they put black on the registration.


P.S, I have a Blue and light Low profile magnetic light bar that I used for about 4months till I got interior/hidden lights, For sale. LmK if your interested. I think its made by whelen, its got, blue on the ends, White, then blue, and I think white in the middle. The white can be tinted to be red if you want.
 

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Umm, Yea, Im pretty sure amber/yellow is legal pretty much everywhere. You know, that is what the turn signals on your car is susposed to be, ;) .

I had that color light bar on my work truck, I was hauling something, But im pretty sure a cop will pull you over it you have it on going down the road. Its almost the same thing as going down the road with your flashers on.
 

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The siren-in-the-grille thing is an occupational safety issue. With the siren speaker in the light bar it's louder inside the cabin and may prevent the officer (or fireman) from hearing another emergency vehicle that may be overtaking him. That's the story the RCMP gave our shop when they changed their specification, anyway...
Makes sense. I know anywhere but the front of the truck and it's hardly audible.

I've got a blue magnetic light like Sleeper (except mine is a dome with a single rotator). It came from my dad who actually had certification for it (basically just signing a piece of paper)....and I know a moody cop could give me a lot of trouble for it (and we've actually had officers who like them - gives them something to follow in rural areas)......but honestly, if a cop's going to give me trouble in the process of responding to a scene, he can kiss my hairy white ***-cot (errrm, yeah).

Try impersonating a LEO or EMS, and I personally hope you get nailed for it.


On the thoughts of colored lights...
For example - underbody lights.
North Dakota - can't have light visible but all lights are legal while driving.
Minnesota - Can't have any light visible while driving.
(funny watching the imports shut down the neonz when they cross the river in town here at night)
...Although I was flagged down by an offduty at a gas station one time for having a black light with a blue base in my back window (the light lit up the base to an extent)
 

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Dubbsy said:


Makes sense. I know anywhere but the front of the truck and it's hardly audible.

I've got a blue magnetic light like Sleeper (except mine is a dome with a single rotator). It came from my dad who actually had certification for it (basically just signing a piece of paper)....and I know a moody cop could give me a lot of trouble for it (and we've actually had officers who like them - gives them something to follow in rural areas)......but honestly, if a cop's going to give me trouble in the process of responding to a scene, he can kiss my hairy white ***-cot (errrm, yeah).

Try impersonating a LEO or EMS, and I personally hope you get nailed for it.


On the thoughts of colored lights...
For example - underbody lights.
North Dakota - can't have light visible but all lights are legal while driving.
Minnesota - Can't have any light visible while driving.
(funny watching the imports shut down the neonz when they cross the river in town here at night)
...Although I was flagged down by an offduty at a gas station one time for having a black light with a blue base in my back window (the light lit up the base to an extent)
If they had laws like that here, I would be outraged enough to move!!!!!, I dont see how cops have the say so on these type of subjects, Just one cop says, they are a distraction, then they all jump on the band wagon on this subject. Just asking anyone if they know or not it there has ever been a accident caused directly because of underglows?

I had to do more than sign a paper, Im on a volunteer fire dept, and have a badge for it, and it sometimes gets me out of trouble.
 

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Basic DOT rules regarding lit lights:

White on the front of vehicle only unless they are backup lights.

Amber are allowed on any side of a vehicle.

Red are only allowed on the rear.

Anything else is illegal but cops/dot don't typically bother. I used to run yellow "chicken lights" on my tractor and around the holidays I would change all the lenses to different colors to emulate, in a sense, a Christmas tree. As long as they (the multicolored lights) weren't on I wasn't bothered. I used to alternate red, green, blue, yellow, purple, and orange and only on Christmas Eve or Day would I have them on while on the road.
 
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