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What Emergency Warning Lights Should Do: Amber wins hands down!

PART 1: Amber Warning Lights Will Save First Responder Lives

Master Sergeant Karczewski: “Emergency lighting provides a message to the motoring public. The message should not be confusing; it should be clear and simple...by utilizing the most effective and least distracting display of emergency lighting and by applying concepts found in the area of traffic incident management.”

State of Illinois’ New Traffic Policy: Use Amber Traffic Advisors and Warning Lights

New Traffic Incident Management policy for the State of Illinois: Turn off Stationary White Lights at a Traffic Incident and turn on AMBER Traffic Advisors or Flashing Amber Warning Lights. How many other departments could benefit from this policy across the nation? How many First Responders’ lives could be saved by this simple procedure?

Of course, turning on a light system full force is necessary when law enforcement agents are on the way to an incident, or even during the day in an accident zone. That is the time to blast a path with high-intensity, multi-colored, rapid-firing lights. Officers use all they’ve got including sirens to move pedestrians and vehicles out of the way as quickly as possible. A full range, versatile, and highly functional traffic advisor emergency light bar will do the job right. Extreme Tactical Dynamics has numerous high-tech, multi-functional emergency lights that fit the bill.

Master Sergeant Karczewski

Mark Karczewski is a master sergeant and 13-year veteran with the Illinois State Police. He in conjunction with other team members developed this study in order to save lives. Unfortunately, a very good friend and fellow officer, James Sauter, was hit and killed at night when a United Van Lines truck hit his police vehicle from behind. It is sad to think that from 10 to 20 officers have been killed each year in the line of duty in this way since 2006. Master Sergeant Karczewski and his team have made a substantial contribution to reduce these numbers by making available their findings.


Amber warning lights are often overlooked and considered secondary to Red and Blue emergency lights. But in actuality, they are noticed first by the receptors in the eye over red or blue lights. Amber lights are preferred by motorists as they go through an accident zone, for they are not hard on the eyes and they illuminate the surroundings better than high-intensity white, blue, and red lights. Anyone who has passed an accident at night knows well that the intense flashing lights overloads the sensors in the eye causing temporary blindness. That blindness while in motion can manifest in tragedy for anyone who is in the vicinity. At some point in the not so distant future hopefully police departments will come to realize that ‘more and brighter flashing lights are NOT always better’.

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PART 1: Amber Warning Lights Will Save First Responder Lives