Illinois state statutes covering emergency vehicle lights apply to a variety of emergency and warning vehicles in the state. Below, are definitions of an emergency vehicle in Illinois, and included links to the state’s statutes for more detailed information.
Emergency Vehicle Defined in Illinois
Illinois state statute 625-1-100 defines an emergency vehicle as a vehicle authorized to use rotating, oscillating, or flashing lights by law enforcement in the state. According to the statute, fire trucks, ambulances, police vehicles, and Hazmat trucks are permitted to use emergency lights.
Illinois Police, EMS, and Fire Departments are Permitted to Use Red and White Emergency Lights
Police, EMS, and fire departments in Illinois are allowed to use red or white emergency lights under state statute 12-215(a)1. The statute allows police to use flashing, rotating, or oscillating red lights.
Tow Trucks, Construction Vehicles, and Wreckers are Permitted to Use Amber Caution Lights
Illinois state statute 12-215 (b)2 allows hazard vehicles, such as tow trucks, construction vehicles, and wreckers to use amber caution lights. Under this statute, these hazard vehicles can use rotating, oscillating, or flashing amber lights.
Illinois Pilot Vehicle Lighting - Pilot vehicles in Illinois are required to use a flashing or rotating warning light. The Dept. of Transportation does not dictate what color this light should be. However, most drivers in this occupation opt to use amber/yellow lights.
For more information about what lights may be available to you, we suggest calling your State Highway Patrol office at: 217-786-7107
*Please note that these numbers are what we are currently able to find and the numbers may have changed since this listing.