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    Strobe light laws in different states? (DC and VA specifically)

    My brother was an EMT in NJ and as such had blue/clear strobe on his car. He had the required permits for the strobe in NJ (but doesn't have a valid permit anymore)

    . Now he's moved to VA/DC area and is no longer an EMT. What I am wondering is, are there similar regulations in DC/VA as there were in NJ (ie permits) The strobe is permanently mounted and will be a pain to take off, so what I am wondering is, is it ok to leave it in the car and never use it, or does he have to have it removed. (The strobe box is bolted to the dash)

    Last thing I want to happen is him to get pulled over for something and get in some kind of trouble for having the strobe light....

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    He needs to lose the light ASAP. Im from SC but im sure it would be a violation of VA/DC law. Others from that area will chime in shortly.
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    Unless he's active and has a permit, it will be illegal in most states. Penalties will vary.
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    thats what i thought, ill let him know they have to go ASAP

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    Another question though, for DC Law - are you a metro police officer, or a VA police officer?

    I ask only because you said if you "saw it in either jurisdiction" you would impound it, and I am wondering how you could do that in either jurisdiction.

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    (wish there was an edit feature so I didnt have to keep posting)

    Talked to him, he said he is removing it, but interestingly enough, saw a VA Police Officer in a 7-11 and asked him - the VA officer said some Police might give him trouble but he didn't think there was anything technically illegal about it. Could have been a new cop, I have no idea...

    Can anyone point me to the actual laws concerning strobe lights in DC and or VA? I have searched and come up empty.

    Thanks in advance for everyone's help.

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    If its not a secret, and you don't mind asking, what federal agency is this? (I'm not questioning it, I am geniunely curious)

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    Quote Originally Posted by TaylorD
    My brother was an EMT in NJ and as such had blue/clear strobe on his car. He had the required permits for the strobe in NJ (but doesn't have a valid permit anymore)

    . Now he's moved to VA/DC area and is no longer an EMT. What I am wondering is, are there similar regulations in DC/VA as there were in NJ (ie permits) The strobe is permanently mounted and will be a pain to take off, so what I am wondering is, is it ok to leave it in the car and never use it, or does he have to have it removed. (The strobe box is bolted to the dash)

    Last thing I want to happen is him to get pulled over for something and get in some kind of trouble for having the strobe light....

    Which do you think is a worse pain............getting your car impounded and getting tickets............or removing the light?

    You make the call.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michiganstud
    Which do you think is a worse pain............getting your car impounded and getting tickets............or removing the light?

    You make the call.
    I obviously agree with that, the real question was for edification of the actual laws, which still remain unclear to me.

    BTW, he took the blue filters off a while ago (easy fix) and is having the strobe removed soon. From what I understand, clear strobes are legal to have, illegal to use. (Otherwise that Budweiser hummer is in big trouble)

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    It really comes down to the individual state where the vehicle is registered.

    In some states it is not legal to equip a vehicle with any type of strobes not authorized by law.

    In other states it is only illegal to use strobes or lights on public roads.

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