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    Hey guys, i was wondering if any of you know a site that would tell me what the traffic laws in Illinois are that pertain to personal vehicles for volunteers. also what we can have on our vehicle, ie: wig wags, blue lights, etc... thanks
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    I had searched for this exact info about 1-2 years ago. I was able to find it online. I am not sure where now, but I think if you do a search for vehicle lighting laws or something like that you will find it. It is legal to have wig wags now, and only blue lights in IL no white or red the last i knew. I believe you can even have a siren now if I remember right. Not sure why someone would want to put a siren on their personal vehicle other than a Chief. I will do some searching and see if I can find it. Lilyogi

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    [URL=http://www.legis.state.il.us/legislation/ilcs/ilcs4.asp?DocName=062500050HCh%2E+12+Art%2E+II&Act ID=1815&ChapAct=625%A0ILCS%A05%2F&ChapterID=49&Cha pterName=VEHICLES&SectionID=59744&SeqStart=147700& SeqEnd=150300&ActName=Illinois+Vehicle+Code%2E]

    Look in the Illinois Compiled Statutes for the info. I don't think sirens are legal in POV's unless it has been added recently. I don't have time to read through the laws to find out right now. If you find something about sirens let me know.

    lots of good info in the statutes besides lights on POV's. Take the time to read about proper uses of emergency vehicles also.
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    could not get the link to work. Look under ICLS Chapter 625
    Act5 Chapter 12 Equipment of Vehicles

    625 ILCS 5/12-215
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    Vehicles are under chapter 95 1/2.
    Blue lights only, no siren, can't break any traffic laws. No white or amber
    Don't go to Chicago with that blue light showing.

    I had a blue light and found it mostly useless.

    Also check the standard but I don't think you can use it outside your jurisdiction

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    Blue lights just raise the curiosity quotient and are geeker magnets.
    Although, they seem to give comfort to the guys who use them, they will not permit you to violate state traffic laws.
    Get a disco ball instead. Stylish and will do about as much good!
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    I know wig wag headlamps are legal now, along with blue lights. The wig wags got added within the last year or so. Red lights are OK for chiefs cars, if the FD declares it an emergency vehicle. I think.
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    Vollies aren't allowed to have any other color light than blue, not allowed to have sirens, not allowed to have any flashing or oscillating white or red lights. The only cehicles allowed to have them are muninciple emergancy vehicles. The blue is only a courtesy light not a "Right-of-Way" light. So that means no blowing red lights or stop lights. The is only for a warning purpose and it is the other drivers choice to pull over. I asked a Police Sargeant in my town about it. He specializes in this stuff.Hope this helps

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    http://www.legis.state.il.us/legisla...ehicle+Code%2E

    625 ILCS 5/12-215 Scroll down to paragraph c-1 where it states:

    (c‑1) In addition to the blue oscillating, rotating, or flashing lights permitted under subsection (c), and notwithstanding subsection (a), a vehicle operated by a voluntary firefighter, a voluntary member of a rescue squad, or a member of a voluntary ambulance unit may be equipped with flashing white headlights and blue grill lights, which may be used only in responding to an emergency call.

    I don't have them, I don't need them. They draw more attention to yourself than necessary. If you have them, it doesn't make you an emergency vehicle. Don't abuse the privilege.
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    This is part of the law I laugh at every time I look at it!

    (c) The use of blue oscillating, rotating or flashing lights, whether lighted or unlighted, is prohibited except on:
    1. Rescue squad vehicles not owned by a fire
    department and vehicles owned or fully operated by a:

    voluntary firefighter;
    paid firefighter;
    part‑paid firefighter;
    call firefighter;
    member of the board of trustees of a
    fire protection district



    What possible reason would a trustee have using a blue light?
    You think chaos starts when the chief arrives wait until the trustees show up.
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    I bet Art is putting them on his car right now
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    What possible reason would a trustee have using a blue light?
    So; you're really trying to start something with this?
    Last time I looked, a trustee is the highest card in the deck, Mr. Smarty BunkerPants.
    And besides; a blue light on a trustee's car would be so passe'. I would want halogen strobes; big suckers that could be seen for miles. And iridescent paint with reflective stripes and reflective lettering 6 inches high on the doors that says "Don't ask for money!"
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    Just how much would it cost to put the reflective stripes and letters on your car? Much less the orange paint.
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    And iridescent paint with reflective stripes and reflective lettering 6 inches high on the doors that says "Don't ask for money!"

    Because we used your training budget for this!
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    Now I know why our trustees said they can't afford to pay for more training.
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    Les, you changed you signature to make them happy? I guess now that you're an elected browser, you need to be politically correct. NOT!
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    Those power bills are looking a little high. Can we get you to turn down the thermostats? I've noticed a light on when I go by. Is there a reason why it's left on?
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    Jack
    I have always believed in leading by example not political correctness!
    Kind of hard to fulfill my duties as VP if the WT decides I can no longer post here.

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    I knew that dreaded Illinois trustee disease would catch up with you sooner or later. Surprised you made it this long without symptoms. Hard to tell, some get it overnight and some make it for a year or so, but eventually they all catch it sooner or later.
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    Les, funny you should say that. Last meeting all i heard from him was "things are kinda tight", so whats up Fay... or i mean Art

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    trainer;
    Get the other guys ready for a "fill the boot" today.
    Otherwise, I am going to have to transfer money to pay bills.
    I see that we are buying flowers for stupid bahstids who fall off of snowmobiles? Hallmark has cards for 99 cents, but no; I get a $20 bill for flowers. Sheesh.
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