Ohio Emergency Vehicle Lights Requirements

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Ohio emergency vehicles light requirements tell drivers what to do in case they encounter a vehicle or vessel with emergency lighting. These laws also impose responsibility on the emergency vehicle drivers. They specify the type and color of lighting permissible for vehicles that respond to distress signals by the sirens and the flashing, rotating or oscillating lights.

Ohio Code Chapter 4511-Section 213

The Ohio Revised Code Chapter 4511, Section 213-Traffic Laws, Operation of Motor Vehicles cautions drivers to change lanes and move out of the way of vehicles that are displaying emergency flashing or oscillating lights. This law also directs drivers to slow down, maintain a safe speed, and exercise due attention. Violation of this law is considered a misdemeanor. Emergency drivers are not released from their responsibility to drive carefully and respect road regulations.

Ohio Code Chapter 4511, Section 41

The Ohio Revised Code Chapter 4511-Section 41 Exceptions to Traffic Rules for Emergency or Public Safety Vehicle Responding to an Emergency Call is the code which gives drivers of emergency vehicles a certain level of immunity regarding traffic laws. Only when the emergency lights–either flashing or oscillating–are turned on with the sirens, the emergency vehicles will always have the right of way.

Ohio Code Chapter 4549, Section 13

Ohio Revised Code Chapter 4549, Section 13-Marking and Equipment for Motor Vehicle Used by Traffic Enforcement Officers states that law enforcement vehicles must be equipped with at least one flashing, oscillating or rotating light above the vehicle. This emergency light has to be colored and the driver has to be a licensed law enforcement officer such as the state highway patroller or the peace officer.

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Ohio Code Chapter 1547, Section 131

Ohio Revised Code Chapter 1547, Section 131-Duty to Stop or Give Way Upon Approach of Law Enforcement Vessel commands that sea vessels must yield to law enforcement vessels bearing the emergency light signals such as the flashing, rotating, or oscillating lights. The requirement of the sea vessel conductor is to either slow down the pace or totally stop so that the emergency vessel can easily pass through.

Ohio Code Chapter 1547, Section 3

Ohio Revised Code Chapter 1547, Section 3-Watercraft and Waterways, Flashing Light Prohibition declares that no one has the right to place emergency lights on vessels which are not legally approved by the state or US government. Carrying emergency lights are the privilege of only certain sea vessels.