Emergency vehicle light state statutes vary greatly from one state to another. Hawaii has interesting state statutes that govern who can and can’t use emergency lights in the state. Below, we have gathered statutes and links for first responders in Hawaii.
Emergency Vehicles Defined in Hawaii
Hawaii’s state statute 291C-26-1 clearly defines what is and is not an emergency vehicle in the state. Under this statute, fire trucks, police vehicles, public safety law enforcement vehicles, resource officer’s vehicles, conservation officer vehicles, and ocean safety officer vehicles are all considered emergency vehicles. However, not all of these vehicles can use the same type of color warning lights.
Law Enforcement in Hawaii Use Red Emergency Vehicle Lights
Under Hawaii state statute 291.31.5 police may use red warning lights. However, this statute does not apply to the Honolulu Police Department.
Honolulu Police Department is Required to Use Blue Lights
The same statute that requires law enforcement in Hawaii to use red emergency vehicle lights also requires police officers working in the Honolulu police department to use blue emergency lights on law enforcement vehicles.
Hawaii Ambulances Use Red Emergency Lights
The statute mentioned above also covers ambulances in Hawaii. Under this statute, ambulances are required to use red warning lights.
Hawaii Fire Trucks Use Red Emergency Vehicle Lights
State statute 291-31-5 allows all fire trucks in Hawaii to use red emergency vehicle lights. The statute also applies to volunteer firefighters, which allows volunteers to use red warning lights in their POVs when using their own vehicle.
Tow Trucks and Wrecker Warning Lights are Not Defined Under State Statute
Most states in the US have statutes that apply to tow trucks and wreckers. However, Hawaii does not have a statute that covers what warning lights can be used by tow trucks or wreckers.
For more information about what lights may be available to you, we suggest calling your State Highway Patrol office at: 808-587-3627
*Please note that these numbers are what we are currently able to find and the numbers may have changed since this listing.