Fire department vehicles, etc., approaching - 159.
(1) The driver of a vehicle, upon the approach of a police department vehicle upon which a bell or siren is sounding or upon which a lamp is producing intermittent flashes of red light or red and blue light, or upon the approach of an ambulance, fire department vehicle or public utility emergency vehicle upon which a bell or siren is sounding or upon which a lamp is producing intermittent flashes of red light, shall immediately bring such vehicle to a standstill, (NOTE UPON WHICH A LAMP IS PRODUCING INTERMITTENT FLAsHEs OF RED LIGHT....)
From a press release from the MTO regarding Bill 203:
Flashing Lights – Effective September 30, 2007
Police services can now use flashing blue lights in combination with flashing red lights on their vehicles. The combination of flashing blue and red lights will help increase visibility and public recognition of police vehicles, especially at night.
Flashing red lights can now be used on vehicles designated by regulation, such as:
Ministry of Revenue vehicles operated by provincial offences officers;
Aviation and forest fire management vehicles operated by an officer while responding to a fire or other emergency;
Emergency response vehicles designated by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care under the Ambulance Act.
Flashing green lights can now be used by designated volunteer medical responders in addition to firefighters while responding to an emergency in their personal vehicles. (NOTE THE PLURAL)
I serve in a an area that has major highways travelling through it and we are expected to respond in our own vehicle. We are supposed to keep our gear in our own vehicles. In one of our two family vehicles I have two green lights, one facing forward and one facing backwards in the rear window. There is nothing stating it is prohibited in the HTA. There is no offense defined or penalty stipulated for it and I personally consider it a personal safety issue. Our department does not supply the lights or reimburse us for them. I personally do not understand why certain people have such a boner against a guy who wants to make himself visible at an emergency scene. if a guy wants to spend a couple of thousand dollars on lights, make fun of him all you want but don't accuse him of breaking the law. This is not just geared towards the quoted author above.
Since when? AFAIK in NY the blue light is a courtesy light, full stop, no arguments - you have to obey ALL traffic laws and signals. At least that's what I've always been taught and I've had no reason to doubt this. I would treat the above quote as misinformation and urge all other NY vollies to do the same!
im from upstate NY we use blue lights no siren. according to NY state dot on blue lights it states 1 blue Lt visible, 360deg, rotating no more the 30 times a minute, and no more then 25 candle power. now i know what everyone is thinking thats a 30 yr old tear drop. no one bothers you as long as its straight blue, no clear. green lights are only used for vol ambulance corps not affiliated with a fire department.
BLSboy do you have the place that it states that?
From the database:
Some 18 y/o jackass coming up behind me with his blue or green or red light honking his horn is just going to tick me off. If I see you coming up driving sensibly with your light flashing, sure I will pull over. You start whaling on your horn that tells me you're demanding me pull over for you and showing that your willing to get aggressive to get by me. I'm sure the Motor Vehicle laws do not state if somebody will not pull over for your courtesy light you can use your horn to make them.:eek:
I would be the first person at that firehouse reporting them for pulling that crap. It kind of puts a negative image on the dept when some 18 y/o lunatic driver is coming up behind people honking their horn to get them out of the way.
I think he was refering more towards people who simply aren't paying attention, not being "aggressive". There have been plenty of times that I've come up on a vehicle, continued behind them for a minute or two, then tapped on the electric airhorn only to have them finally look in their mirror and immediatly pull over, they simply didnt even know I was behind them. And in my state our lights aren't courtesy, the problem is people just dont pay attention ot their mirrors.
I'm sorry, but no matter what your situation is, unless your laws say to use your horn to get people out of the way there is no reason you should be. Get there when you get there.
Did you read the original guys posts I responded too. It sounds like his dept is not really one for following rules anyways. According to him in his state he can proceed with "extreme caution" through a red light, yet everybody else from there tells him he is wrong. Funny thing is when he was questioned he never came back to answer. Something tells me this guy is using his horn a little more than just to get people who are not paying attention out of his way.
The laws vary a lot depending on the state. New Hampshire requires that you sound an "audible warning device" when approaching traffic or an intersection. And our red lights aren't courtesy lights. A vehicle with red lights is emergency apparatus, and all traffic is required to yield.
Long story short ;-) - My chief just told him to go home and he didn't say anything to me. Was I wrong to do what I did?
You do what you want to do. I can sit here and bicker about how I think it is foolish but ultimately you are going to do it regardless, so honk away my friend. :eek: Of course what you told us about your Chiefs and the "hush hush" stuff, him telling buddy to leave for not moving for your courtesy light doesn't surprise me.
Enough of this "Lights vs. No Lights" stuff. Let's start arguing about smooth bore vs. fog or maybe one hood vs. two :eek:
Or we could talk about anything less important. I don't care!!!
Take care and stay safe!!
There is other members than are responding to get trucks or staff them, so drive sensibly and safely and get there when you get there.
Mississippi = red/ no siren
must follow all traffic laws, and only use as courtesy light (basically)
you can only run lights and siren if declared an "official emergency vehicle".
The mayor, board, chief of police, sheriff, etc.. can declare the vehicle an official emergency vehicle. Usually doesn't happen.