State Statutes

Extreme Tactical Dynamics has been in the LED emergency vehicle light business since 2005 and is the leading expert on industry standards. Having served over 250,000 customers Extreme Tactical Dynamics is dedicated to providing customers with the information, resources, guides, and tips needed to make the best decisions for their emergency vehicle set-ups. Setting industry standards and trends is paramount to our success. One of the most frequently asked questions we receive is whether a person is allowed to use certain lights or colored lights in their emergency light set-up. Emergency vehicle light usage and colors used on the road vary greatly from state to state. It is crucial to understand the regulations that govern the usage and colors employed on the road by different types of first responders, private companies and individuals.

State Legislation: Each state passes its own set of laws that dictate and govern the specifics of emergency vehicle lighting. These laws can outline allowed colors, mounting locations, flash patterns and other criteria for compliance.

Roadway Safety: The primary objective of emergency vehicle lighting is to enhance first responder safety in emergency situations. Regulations tend to take into account factors such as minimizing confusion with other drivers. All while ensuring a first responder has proper visibility and is able to effectively manage traffic during an emergency response situation.

Visibility and Distinction: It is imperative to understand that different colored emergency lights can convey different meanings for emergency services from state to state. There are regulations for fire vehicles, police vehicles, construction trucks, POV’s, Utility, Tow Trucks and so on. Each state has their own set of laws.

National Standards: States have the flexibility to establish their own rules governing emergency vehicle lights but many choose to align with the standards and recommendations of organizations such as the National Fire Protections Associations which Extreme Tactical Dynamics is a member of.

In an effort to help drivers in different industries quickly and easily gather the information they need to buy the right warning lights and accessories for their fleet or POVs, we have gathered information about each state statute in our Emergency Vehicle Lights State Statutes Guide. To access the information that pertains to you, locate your state in the alphabetical list below.

Extreme Tactical Dynamics as a courtesy regularly updates this information on our knowledge base Emergency Vehicle Lights Statutes Guide to ensure it is reliable as regulations are updated.

Disclaimer: This emergency vehicle light state statute guide was created by Extreme Tactical Dynamics as a guide and reference only. 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. Extreme Tactical Dynamics accepts NO Liability for any errors, inaccuracies or potential misinterpretations contained with this guide. We highly recommend that our users of this guide refer to their local authorities or a legal professional to confirm the particular statue that governs their use of emergency vehicle lights.

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