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Ohio Emergency Vehicle Light State Statutes

ohio Ohio state statutes allow many vehicles to use warning and emergency lights. Emergency light state statutes in Ohio extend to private and public vehicles. Several Ohio warning light statutes are discussed below with links to formal sources.

Ohio Emergency Vehicle Defined

Ohio’s state statute 4511-01(E) defines emergency vehicles as any public safety vehicle. This statute applies to police vehicle lighting, as well as fire vehicles, and ambulances. Ohio also permits some organ transplant transportation vehicles as emergency vehicles.

Ohio Police, Fire, and Ambulances May Use White and Red Rotating or Oscillating Lighting

ohio-state-flagOhio police are allowed to use red and white oscillating or rotating lights according to state statute 4513-17(d). Ohio fire trucks and ambulances are required to use red lights under this same statute.

Ohio Tow Trucks and Wreckers Can Use Amber Utility Lights

In Ohio, tow trucks and wreckers are permitted to use amber utility lights according to statute 4513.17(c). According to this statute, tow truck drivers and wrecker drivers may use any amber lighting that oscillates, rotates, or flashes.

For more information about what lights may be available to you, we suggest calling your State Highway Patrol office at: 614-466-2660

*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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