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, 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 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.