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Connecticut Emergency Vehicle Light State Statutes

connecticut Connecticut’s state statute 14-1(5)  defines an emergency vehicle as any fire, public service, municipal department ambulance, or police vehicle. The state extends to any vehicle deemed an emergency vehicle by local, state, or federal government.

Connecticut Police and Ambulances Must Use Red Emergency Lights

Under Connecticut state statute 14-96q(b) police are required to use red warning lights. Under this same statute, ambulances are expected to use bright, flashing red lights.

Connecticut Fire Trucks are Required to Use Revolving White or White Flashing Lights

Fire trucks in Connecticut are required to use revolving white or white flashing lights under state statute 14-96p(4).

 connecticut-state-flagYellow/Amber Lights can be Used by Wreckers and Tow Trucks in Connecticut

While not actually an emergency vehicle, tow trucks and wreckers are permitted to use warning lights under Connecticut state statute 14-96q(C)(4)(A) This statute allows tow truck and wrecker drivers within Connecticut’s borders to use yellow/amber warning lights on all service vehicles.

Pilot vehicles, according to the Connecticut Department of Transportation, are also permitted to use amber lighting. The yellow warning lights must be top mounted flashing units that can be seen at distances of up to 1000'.

For more information about what lights may be available to you, we suggest calling your State Highway Patrol office at: 860-534-1000

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