Rhode Island emergency vehicle light state statutes allow some vehicles to use warning lights on publicly and private-owned vehicles in the state’s borders. Improper use of emergency vehicle lights in Rhode Island is punishable by law, so it is important for our Rhode Island customers to know and understand state statutes.
Rhode Island Emergency Vehicle Definition
Rhode Island state statute defines an emergency vehicle under state statute 31-3-3(a)(c). Under this statute, an emergency vehicle in Rhode Island is any vehicle driven by police, fire, or publicly or privately-owned ambulances. Public and private vehicles driven by volunteer firefighters are also considered emergency vehicles under this statute.
Rhode Island Police Must Use Red and White or Amber Emergency Lights
Rhode Island police are allowed to use red and white or amber emergency lights according to state statute 31-21-31. The statute requires that RI police vehicles have simultaneous, front mounted white or amber lights. Police in this state are also allowed to use rear-facing red lights, such as an LED deck light, if the lights flash red simultaneously. All emergency lights installed on police vehicles in this state must be visible for at least 500 feet.
Rhode Island Ambulances and Fire Trucks May Use Red or Flashing White Emergency Lights
Ambulances and fire trucks in Rhode Island are allowed to use red and white flashing lights under state statute 31-24-31(b)(1). The statute requires fire trucks and ambulances to use alternatively flashing white lighting.
Rhode Island Construction Vehicles, Warning Vehicles, and Tow Trucks are Permitted to Use Amber Lighting
For more information about what lights may be available to you, we suggest calling your State Highway Patrol office at: 401-444-1000
*Please note that these numbers are what we are currently able to find and the numbers may have changed since this listing.