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Q. i have a question refering to light colors on motor vehicles in specific lights that mount onto motorcycle tires via the stem that will illuminate the motorcycle from the side. whether it be red green white yellow blue. called and talked with officer Dallas. he did not know and stated that i use common sense

Dear Juneau Resident,

There are a few general rules to keep in mind if Sergeant Dallas didn't cover those. Red lights are telling other vehicle drivers that the red side is the back of the vehicle. White is for headlights and backup light when a vehicle is backing, notifying other drivers that white is the 'front' or advancing end of the vehicle. Blue lights are for emergency vehicles and are especially significant when combined with red lights because that is a legal instruction to pull over.

Now for the common sense part. You might legally be able to put green and orange and pink lights on a vehicle but will that logically confuse other drivers including someone thinking it a yard light or some other usually stationary color. Also, law enforcement knows our flashing lights sometimes attract impaired drivers and we are at increased risk during high impairment times. While you may want people to look at you and think "Cool Colors", when impaired drivers and inexperienced drivers look at something, he or she sometimes runs into it. You might legally be in the right but that could be little comfort if you are hit by a car.



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