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Arkansas Emergency Vehicle Light State Statutes

arkansas Arkansas emergency vehicle light state statutes define what is considered an emergency vehicle and what color lights can be used by certain departments. Under Arkansas state statutes, an emergency vehicle is any vehicle used by law enforcement, or a vehicle that is used exclusively to protect the health of citizens or peace. State statutes in Arkansas also allow some private and public vehicles to use certain warning lights.

Police Vehicles are required to Use Blue Flashing or Rotating Lights

Under Arkansas state statute 27-36-303, all police vehicles in the state are required to use blue flashing or blue rotating lights.

Arkansas Fire Trucks are required to Use Red Flashing or Rotating Warning Lights

Arkansas fire trucks are required to use red flashing or rotating warning lights under state statute 27-36-304. This statute also extends to firefighters who use emergency lighting on their POVs. Under this state statute, firefighters can use red surface mount lights or red dash lights.

Arkansas Ambulances Must Use Red Flashing or Rotating Lighting

In addition to fire trucks, ambulances can also use red flashing and rotating lights. Some medical professionals, if authorized by the Arkansas Department of Health, can also use red flashing or rotating warning lights, such as surface mount LEDs, on their POVs.


Red Lights can be Used on Tow Trucks in Arkansas

In Arkansas, red lights can also be used on tow trucks. However, Arkansas state statutes require that red lights can only be used by tow trucks when the vehicle is in the process of towing another vehicle or collecting a vehicle. This statute requires that as soon as the tow is secure, the tow truck driver must turn warning lights off.

Amber and White Emergency Light Usages in Arkansas

Arkansas state statute 27-36-306 allows some vehicles to use amber and white emergency lights. Under this statute, construction vehicles and some privately and publicly owned vehicles are allowed to use white or amber warning lights.

Pilot/escort cars in Arkansas are required to use amber lights with incandescent, halogen, or strobe lights.

For more information about what lights may be available to you, we suggest calling your State Highway Patrol office at: 501-69-2421

*Please note that these numbers are 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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