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Oregon Emergency Vehicle Light State Statutes

oregon Oregon allows many vehicles to use emergency or warning lights under its state statutes. For Oregon emergency vehicle drivers to be allowed to use light bars or other lighting, the vehicle and driver must meet certain requirements established by state law. To allow Oregon emergency vehicle drivers to buy our lights and accessories easily, we have gathered state statutes and links to formal sources too.

Oregon Emergency Vehicle Defined

Oregon emergency vehicle state statute 801.260 allows any public fire, police, or airport security vehicle to use warning lights. The Oregon emergency light state statute extends to federal emergency vehicles and any vehicle designated an emergency vehicle by the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Oregon Police Use Amber, Blue, and White Warning Lights

Oregon police are allowed to use amber, blue, and white warning lights under state statute 816-250. Under this statute, police are allowed to use amber/yellow, blue, or white lights. Police are also given the option to use revolving, or stationary lights. No matter the color or type of lights Oregon police opt to use on their vehicles, state statute requires the lighting to be visible by at least 1000 feet when activated.

Oregon Ambulances Must Use Warning Lights and a Siren

Oregon does not require ambulances to use a certain color warning light, but state statute 820.350 does require that all ambulances use a siren when the rig’s emergency lights are activated.

Oregon Fire Trucks Use Red or Combination White/Red Lighting

oregon-state-flagOregon fire trucks use red or combination white/red lighting under state statute 816.285. This Oregon state statute allows fire truck drivers to use a flashing system along with white forward facing lights. This statute also allows fire truck command vehicles to use green flashing or revolving warning lights.

Oregon Warning, Caution, or Hazard Vehicles Use Red, White, or Amber Lights

Oregon warning, caution, or hazard vehicles are permitted to use red, white, or amber lighting under state statute 816.240. This statute states the lights may be used on the rear or front of the vehicle but requires amber/white lights to be forward facing, and amber or red lights to be rear facing. The Oregon emergency light state statute does require that all lighting on warning, caution, or hazard vehicles in the state to be visible at least by 500 feet.

Amber Lights for Oregon Pilot Vehicles

All pilot vehicles operating in Oregon must use at least 2 amber flashing  lights. The lighting must be as widely spaced as possible and have a 4" lens diameter. It is also possible to use a revolving light, or strobe light if it provides 360-degrees of light output and is visible for at least 500'.

For more information about what lights may be available to you, we suggest calling your State Highway Patrol office at: 503-78-3720

*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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