Washington allows emergency vehicles and some other specially designated vehicles to use warning lights and sirens in their border. To ensure Washington emergency vehicle drivers are able to buy the gear that is right for their career, and abide by Washington’s state statues, we have gathered detailed information about the state’s statutes and links to formal sources too.
Washington Emergency Vehicle Defined by Statute
Washington defines an emergency vehicle through state statute 46-04-400. Under this statute, an emergency vehicle is any car or truck driven by police, including sheriff, and fire. This Washington state statute also extends to ambulances in the state. Specially designated vehicles in Washington that may be use emergency vehicle lights belong to state patrol, public or private EMS, volunteer firefighters, a prosecuting attorney, or the coroner. Special permissions may also be granted to some vehicles via written permission from the Washington state patrol.
Washington Ambulances, Fire, and Police Use Red Lighting
Washington ambulances, fire, and police are all allowed to use red lighting according to administrative law. State statute 43-37-190 allows all of these first responders to use red lighting. The statute requires that these states have at least one red lamp and that the red beam of light can be seen for at least 500 feet.
Washington Warning Vehicles Use Amber or White Light
Warning vehicles in Washington are permitted to use amber or white light under state statute 46-37-125. The statute also extends to common warning vehicles such as road crew trucks, snow plows, school buses, and funeral vehicles.
For more information about what lights may be available to you, we suggest calling your State Highway Patrol office at: 253-538-3105
*Please note that these numbers are what we are currently able to find and the numbers may have changed since this listing.