Like all other states in the US, Georgia has emergency vehicle light state statutes that governs who can and what color emergency lights may be used in different industries. Below, we will go over the Georgia’s state standards.
Georgia Emergency Vehicles Defined
Georgia State Statute 40-1-1 allows some privately and publicly owned vehicles to use emergency or warning light. Under this statute, public utility corporation vehicles, Department of Transportation vehicles, police department vehicles, fire department vehicles, including volunteer firefighter POVs, can use emergency lighting if deemed appropriate by local, state, or federal agencies.
Ambulances, Police Vehicles, and Fire Trucks May Use White, Red, Blue, or Yellow-Amber Warning Lights in Georgia
Under Georgia state statute 40-6-16 permits ambulances, police vehicles, and fire trucks to use white, red, blue, or yellow/amber warning lights. This same statute also permits tow truck and wrecker vehicles to use yellow/amber, white, red, or blue lights on their vehicles. However, while colored warning lights allows first responders certain rights, the use of warning lights does not allow tow truck or wrecker drivers any certain privileges. In fact, tow truck and wrecker drivers are required to obey all traffic laws at all times – regardless of whether they are using warning lights or not.
Failure to Obey Georgia Emergency Light State Statutes
Georgia has strict rules about who can and can’t use emergency or warning lights in the state’s boundaries. According to their statute, failure to adhere to emergency light state statutes can result in a fine that cannot exceed $500.
Georgia Pilot Vehicle Requirements
The Georgia Department of Transportation states an escort vehicle must be a pickup truck or passenger automobile. The vehicle must be fitted with a revolving amber strobe light at least eight inches in diameter. The warning light must be mounted on the the top of the vehicle and have a minimum candlepower of 35,000 and create 80 revolutions per minute. An escort vehicle driver must obtain a permit to use an amber light from the Department of Public Safety.
For more information about what lights may be available to you, we suggest calling your State Highway Patrol office at: 404-699-4368
*Please note that these numbers are what we are currently able to find and the numbers may have changed since this listing.