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What lights are allowed or necessary on vehicles?

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office has issued a reminder to drivers about the lighting that is legally permitted and necessary for passenger vehicles on the road. According to the release, headlamps must be two of equal power and white in color, while tail lamps must be two of equal power and red to amber in color. Front turn signals must be amber and rear turn signals must be red or amber. Hazard lights must be amber in front and red or amber in the rear. The license plate lamp must be white and the back-up lamp must be white.

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office notes that any other color lighting is prohibited while operating on a public highway, except for amber, which is allowed for hazard vehicles only when actually a hazard, blue for authorized volunteer fire personnel when responding to an emergency, and green for authorized volunteer ambulance personnel while responding to an emergency.


The Sheriff’s Office has noted that they have observed light bars at the top of trucks, which are permissible for hazard vehicles when actually engaged in hazardous operation but not allowed on a public highway. They have also noted the presence of under-glow lighting in multiple colors, LED strips, grill lights, and rim lights, which are not allowed while driving on a public highway.

Any violations of these lighting regulations are considered infractions of the Vehicle and Traffic Law and subject to appropriate fines in a local justice court. The Sheriff’s Office reminds drivers to ensure that their vehicles are equipped with the legally required and authorized lighting to ensure their safety and the safety of other drivers on the road.



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