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Keeping the strobes legal.

Discussion in 'Strobe Lighting' started by Kodiakguy, Sep 13, 2009.

  1. Kodiakguy

    Kodiakguy Senior Member
    Messages: 106

    I wanted to pass along info. I dont know about other states but for Ohio here's some info on vehicle lighting laws.

    White is not allowed to flash on front or rear. White is not allowed to be lit on rear of vehicle when its going forward. (i got busted for that one, had some worklights i left on one nite going between jobs, state trooper got me)
    Red, yellow and amber flashing are ok on the rear of the vehicle.
    Yellow and amber flashing are ok on the front.
     
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    That's why I plow with all my lights off so know one sees me.
     
  3. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    And you wonder why we all want to see pics or video of you actually working.
     
  4. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    I'm like the shadow, Who plowed our lot?:confused:
     
  5. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    You're like a ninja. When your countdown expires, maybe you can put a pic of Chris Farley in there.
     
  6. plowman4life

    plowman4life Senior Member
    Messages: 557

    i have no idea what they were thinking when they wrote that but i would not recomend running red to the rear at all.

    i would just stick with amber. wether or not your allowed to use red. red is primarily an emergency vehical color and having red and amber to the rear could make people think they are approching and emergency scene and panic stop. just doesnt sound like a good idea to me.

    i know state of CT

    amber is used for caution. anything that is creating a hazard (plows) can only run amber.

    white is run front side of emergency vehicals and is a warning color(illigal to the rear)
    blue is courtesy for vfd and can be run with red to the rear. if run with red to the front it becomes a warning light.
    green is courtesy light for ems
    red is a warning color and is run front and rear on all emergency vehicals
    audible tones are only for emergency vehicals and those others permitted to use them.
     
  7. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    In Maine, it's yellow/amber for us, wreckers, utility, etc. Cops run blue, Fire is red, Ambulance is Red/white. But I've noticed lately the cops have one red and or one amber on the back of their light bars. It's amazing how much difference that little bit of different color makes. And some of the new ambulances run quite a bit of blue mixed in.
     
  8. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,853

    Strobes are a bad idea, they just draw attention from the popo and since I'm plowing for beer money and working under the table I want as little attention as possible.
     
  9. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company PlowSite Veteran
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 4,413

    So your saying Im better off to have red in the rear then white flashing?
     
  10. Q101ATFD

    Q101ATFD Senior Member
    Messages: 277

    Any color is legal on private property. I'm always confused about why people have intense discussions about strobe color legality. Use whatever color you want on private property, but turn them off on the street. If it's snowing, everybody is going to be driving slow anyways - you don't need to draw extra attention to yourself.
     
  11. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Not around these parts......
     
  12. Q101ATFD

    Q101ATFD Senior Member
    Messages: 277

    Not anywhere, really, but what's the real advantage of having strobes on while your driving from one site to another? All it does is draw more attention to you.
     
  13. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    x2...................
     
  14. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    You just said everyone drives slowly. Make up your mind.

    And that's all the reason your average plow jockey needs.wesport

    I turn mine off between sites.
     
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2009
  15. Gear_Head

    Gear_Head Senior Member
    from IL
    Messages: 245

    be careful when stating something like this. Maybe in your state this is legal, but merely having them on the truck (red's) is illegal in IL. I would imagine other states are similar on this.
     
  16. plowman4life

    plowman4life Senior Member
    Messages: 557

    yea in CT dont quote me but im 90% sure private property or not nothing but amber. private property or not
     
  17. Kodiakguy

    Kodiakguy Senior Member
    Messages: 106

    I may stand corrected. I started looking through the Ohio laws, and found the following;

    4513.17 Limit on number of lights.

    (C)(1) Flashing lights are prohibited on motor vehicles, except as a means for indicating a right or a left turn, or in the presence of a vehicular traffic hazard requiring unusual care in approaching, or overtaking or passing. This prohibition does not apply to emergency vehicles, road service vehicles servicing or towing a disabled vehicle, traffic line stripers, snow plows, rural mail delivery vehicles, vehicles as provided in section 4513.182 of the Revised Code, department of transportation maintenance vehicles, funeral hearses, funeral escort vehicles, and similar equipment operated by the department or local authorities, which shall be equipped with and display, when used on a street or highway for the special purpose necessitating such lights, a flashing, oscillating, or rotating amber light, but shall not display a flashing, oscillating, or rotating light of any other color, nor to vehicles or machinery permitted by section 4513.11 of the Revised Code to have a flashing red light.

    I remember seeing somewhere that flashing red on the rear was ok. Ill keep looking. However from this section of code, it looks like the only color thats legal is amber.
     
  18. Kodiakguy

    Kodiakguy Senior Member
    Messages: 106

    Not in Ohio you cant. Isn't the point of strobes too draw attention to you and make you more visible?
     
  19. Q101ATFD

    Q101ATFD Senior Member
    Messages: 277

    Yeah, you'd want to be more visible while you're actually plowing, but who cares while you're on the street - it just confuses drivers. Look at it this way, the more people that use strobes when they're not necessary, the more regular drivers will start to ignore them. Everybody knows there's snow plows out there when it's snowing, but there is no point in strobing a vehicle that is just driving. Active plowing is one thing, driving from site to site is another. Think if every car on the road in the snow had a strobe on it...
     
  20. Kodiakguy

    Kodiakguy Senior Member
    Messages: 106

    I couldn't agree more. Site to site, no need to have them on and mine arnt.