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Montana Emergency Vehicle Light State Statutes

montana Before buying emergency vehicle lights for use in Montana, it is important that you understand emergency vehicle light state statutes. Montana has state statutes that define what an emergency vehicle is and also explains in detail what color lights can be used by each sector. For ease in buying Montana lights and sirens, we have pertinent laws and links to more formal sources.

Montana Emergency Vehicle Definition

An emergency vehicle in Montana is defined by statute 61.8.102(2)(a). This statute defines vehicles designated and driven by government fire, police, or EMS as emergency vehicles.

Montana Police Use Blue and Red Lights

Montana police are required to use red and blue lights according to statute 61.9.402(1). In addition to allowing law enforcement to use red and blue lights, this state statute also provides police with the permission to use a siren when lights are activated. When Montana police are involved in an emergency situation, cops may also use rotating or flashing amber lights, or green flashing lights that provide 360-degrees of visibility.

montana-state-flagMontana Ambulances and Fire Trucks are Permitted to Use Rotating or Alternately Flashing Lighting

Montana’s state statute 61.9.402(2) allows ambulances and fire trucks to use rotating or alternately flashing red lighting. The statute requires fire truck and ambulance lights to be mounted as high and wide as possible. Additionally, two red warning lights must be front facing and two red lights must be rear facing. All fire trucks and ambulances in Montana must also be outfitted with rotating and flashing amber lighting.

Montana Pilot Vehicle Amber Light Requirements

Pilot vehicles in Montana are required to use a minimum of 1 amber strobe light, 2, 5" flashing amber lights, or an amber rotating light that is mounted above the roof.

For more information about what lights may be available to you, we suggest calling your State Highway Patrol office at: 406-444-3780

*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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