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New Jersey Emergency Vehicle Light State Statutes

new-jersey New Jersey emergency vehicle light state statutes determine who is eligible to use lights and sirens in the state’s borders, and in some instances where and what color lights may be used. To help our customers choose the right, legal lighting for their publicly or privately owned vehicle, we have gathered New Jersey’s relevant state statutes and links to more formal sources.

New Jersey Emergency Vehicle Definition

State statute 39:1.1 determines an emergency vehicle is any vehicle directly associated with chief administrators, police departments, or fire departments. Some other vehicles may be given permission to use warning lighting, if authorized by New Jersey’s safety departments or law enforcement officials.

New Jersey Police Can Use Blue or Red Lights

According to New Jersey emergency vehicle light state statute 39:4-92.1 police in the state can use blue or red lights. The statute allows New Jersey police to use alternating, blinking, or flashing blue or red lights. Unlike some states that require a precise configuration of red and blue lights, New Jersey administrative code allows police in the state to use red and blue lighting in any configuration.

New Jersey Fire Trucks and Ambulances are Required by Law to Use Red, Flashing Lighting

new-jersey-state-flagThe same statute that determines what police lights may be used by NJ police also dictates light usage and colors for fire trucks and ambulances. Fire trucks and ambulances in New Jersey are required by administrative code to use red, flashing lights. The statute also requires red lights on ambulances and fire trucks to be visible for at least 500 feet, and allows these first responder vehicles to use alternating blue or red lighting in any configuration.

Utility Vehicles, Warning Vehicles, and Hazard Vehicles in New Jersey May be Permitted to Use Red Warning Lights

Under the statute mentioned above, utility vehicles, warning vehicles, and hazard vehicles in New Jersey may be allowed to use red warning lights in the state’s boundaries. If deemed appropriate by New Jersey law enforcement or safety departments, these vehicles may be allowed to use flashing red lights; however, the warning lights must be visible for at least 500 feet.

For more information about what lights may be available to you, we suggest calling your State Highway Patrol office at: 609-882-2000

*Please note that these numbers are what we are currently able to find and the numbers may have changed since this listing.