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Illinois Emergency Vehicle Light State Statutes

illinois 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

illinois-state-flagPolice, 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.


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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