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Alabama Emergency Vehicle Light State Statutes

alabama Alabama state statutes 32-1-1(3)  and 32-5A-115(C)  define what type emergency lights are allowed to be used by different industries and what colors may be used.

Definition of Emergency Vehicle in Alabama

In Alabama, state statutes define an emergency vehicle as a fire truck, police department vehicle, publicly-owned ambulance, or other state-designated vehicles. No matter what type of emergency vehicle light is used by these vehicles, Alabama state statute requires it to be visible at a distance of at least 500 feet. An Alabama emergency light must also be able to be used in any weather condition.

Red and Blue are Designated Law Enforcement Colors in Alabama

Under Alabama state statutes, many emergency vehicles are allowed to use the color red. However, only police vehicles in Alabama are allowed to use red/blue split color combinations.

Alabama Ambulances Use Red Warning Lights

Emergency vehicle light state statutes in Alabama allow ambulances to use red warning lights as long as they lights can be seen for at least 500 feet.

Fire Trucks in Alabama Use Red Emergency Lighting

The same statute that allows ambulances to use red lights in Alabama also extends to fire trucks. Fire trucks in Alabama are required to use red lights on all fire department vehicles.

alabama-state-flagYellow/Amber Emergency Lighting Permissions in Alabama

Like many states in the US, Alabama state statutes allow some vehicles to use yellow/amber warning lights. In Alabama, any hazard or caution lighting must be yellow. Most often yellow caution lights are found near construction sites in order to warn drivers of potential driving hazards.

Road crews, tow trucks, and wreckers are also allowed to use yellow/amber warning lights on their vehicles. Under this Alabama state statute, the term “road crew truck” extends to escort vehicles, utility trucks, and construction vehicles.

For more information about what lights may be available to you, we suggest calling your State Highway Patrol office at: 614- 466-2660

*Please note that the above contact information is what we are currently able to find and the numbers may have changed since this listing.


Disclaimer: The emergency vehicle light state statute guide was created by Extreme Tactical Dynamics as a guide and reference. We make no claim to the accuracy or validity of this guide. This guide was written to the best of our knowledge and has been provided to our customers as a courtesy ONLY! The information in this guide is our interpretation of the law as we have read it. We cannot be held responsible for any errors as this is only our interpretation of the law and the laws are constantly changing. We cannot be held liable or responsible for any errors and recommend that our customers refer to their local authorities to confirm the particular statue that governs their use of emergency vehicle lights.

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