Missouri, like all other states in the US, has statutes that dictate who can use emergency vehicle lights and what constitutes an emergency vehicle. Improperly using warning lights or sirens in a state can be punishable by law, so it is important for LED light buyers to know and understand the laws before buying equipment.
Missouri Emergency Vehicles Defined by State Statute 304.022(4)
Under Missouri state statute 304.022(4), an emergency vehicle is that driven by police, firefighters, including volunteers, and EMS. The emergency vehicle state statute also extends to federal law enforcement agencies, coroners in the state, conversation agents, sheriffs, and state park rangers.
Missouri Police are Allowed to Use Blue and Red Emergency Lighting
Missouri state statute 304.022(1) allows law enforcement in the state to use blue and red lights. The statute dictates that Missouri police may use one red lamp that is visible for at least 500 feet and one blue flashing light.
Missouri Fire Trucks and Ambulances Use Blue Rotating, Fixed, or Flashing Lights
Missouri state statute 307.175 allows fire trucks and ambulances in the state to use blue rotating, fixed, or flashing lighting as long as the vehicle has a permit to use warning lights. The statute dictates that blue lights on fire trucks and ambulances may only be used in a true emergency. Additionally, when these first responder vehicles activate their blue lighting, the drivers must also use the vehicle’s siren. The statute applies to publicly and privately owned fire departments and EMS departments.
For more information about what lights may be available to you, we suggest calling your State Highway Patrol office at: 573-751-3313
*Please note that these numbers are what we are currently able to find and the numbers may have changed since this listing.