ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Many lighting products on the market now may look good on a vehicle, but a release from the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office reminds drivers what lighting is legally allowed and necessary.
The following lighting is required and authorized for passenger vehicles, according to the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office:
- Headlamps: Two of equal power and white in color (one lamp for a motorcycle); Other overhead light bars are not permitted while operating on a public highway
- Tail lamps: Two of equal power and red to amber in color (one lamp for a motorcycle)
- Turn signals, front: Amber
- Turn signals, rear: Red or amber
- Hazard lights (four-way flashers): Amber in front, red or amber in rear
- License plate lamp: White
- Back up lamp: White
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office says any other color lighting is prohibited while operating on a public highway, expect the following:
- Amber: For hazard vehicles only (i.e. Plow trucks, tow vehicles) when actually a hazard. Any other lighting, such as fog lamps or overhead light bars, is not permitted*
- Blue: For authorized volunteer fire personnel only when responding to an emergency
- Green: For authorized volunteer ambulance personnel only while responding to an emergency
Items that the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office says they have run across and have been seeing on a regular basis include a light bar at the top of truck. The light bar is something that is permissible for a hazard vehicle when actually engaged in hazardous operation, such as a private plowing vehicle while plowing. The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office says on a public highway, however, whether the lights are steady or flashing, is not permitted.
Vehicles that have under glow lighting that come in multiple colors, LED strips, grill lights, and rim lights, are also not permitted while driving on a public highway.
Any violations, according to the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, are infractions of the Vehicle and Traffic Law and are subject to appropriate fines in a local justice court.
*According to New York State law, “the temporary display of an amber light to be used as a warning light on a disabled motor vehicle or on a motor vehicle while it is stopped on a highway while engaged in an operation which would restrict, impede, or interfere with the normal flow of traffic is not prohibited.”
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