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    i have white sidemarkers, white forward blinkers and rear blinkers. In california, white lights in front only, and any blinkers need to be orange

    been pulled over once for the sidemarkers and once for the rear blinkers

    i keep the bulbs in the trunk and tell them, "are you serious, i just put them in today, the bulbs are in the trunk, ill change them back now if youd like...."

    usually works

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    I guess I will just never understand WHY the colored lights are needed in the first place. It is one thing to have euro marker lights or clear altezzas or whatever that are FUNCTIONAL...but why would you want the colored add ons unless you were trying to attract attention? That is their only purpose, and judging by the ticket, it worked.
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    Green illegal too in NY

    Quote Originally Posted by [iG]
    Most colors are illegal in most states actually. With the exception of green/purple and some other shades that are not associated with any other emergency vehicles.
    In New York, green is also illegal.. Green is used by volunteer EMS members. Blue by volunteer fire. Red are emergency vehicles. In fact, the state police wanted to put blue on the rear of the vehicles in an attempt to increase snow visiblity and the state attorney general told them they were not permitted to do so, that blue was specifically for volunteer fire members.
    There are some police agencies in NY that have blue lights on their cars, but they are in apparant violation of state law.

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    AFAIK, it's illegal in MA to have blue lights on your car (aside from blue-tinted headlight blubs). I'm assuming that the same goes in other states too.

    If you look at the packaging that comes on aftermarket lighting, a lot of them say that they're for offroad / showcar use only. A matter of fact, *ALL AFTERMARKET* HID kits are technically illegal, since they're not DOT approved. Personally, I think that's bullcrap, but that's the law for you. I can somewhat understand it for headlights, since it's considered a safety feature of the vehicle. Some of the kits stop your highbeams from working which is a BIG no-no. The good kits replace the entire housing, giving you the correct beam pattern. Of course, these kits cost an arm and a leg (and the soul of your first born child). In the end, it's still technically illegal to drive your car with those headlights too. Your chances of getting a ticket for them are low though, unless the cop who pulls you over knows that the car doesn't come standard with them.

    As for aftermarket "accent" lighting, IMHO they're the worst thing to ever be unleashed on the public in general. 99% of the time, they make the car look like crap. .9% of the time, they're put on cars that SHOULDN'T be attracting attention in the first place (.... I can't make this up.. I saw them once on a first generation Hyundai Excel. Yeah.. there's a car that needs to draw attention to itself. It also had the patented FolgersŪ Exhaust system on it. I think it could do 0-60 in 3.7 days. ). Out of all the cars I've seen with some sort of accent lighting, only .1% actually looked good with them, mainly because the driver used some restraint and didn't cover every square inch of the car with them.

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    This town is pretty preppy, so you don't see a lot of ricers, or cars that aren't stock (on the outside at least). I've seen a car or two with underglow, lights on their hoods, and lights around their windshield. Most of them look ugly. But some (like mine) were good. >:|

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    Post general rule

    as a general rule blue lights are illegal anywhere on your car and red lights are illegal anywhere that can be seen from the front of your car. i am not really up to date on the laws for underlighting but i do know if you obey the color rules you can throw a lightbar on your roof or strobes in your tail lights and there is not much the law can do about it (atleast in the places i have lived).

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    I don't think red strobes in the back would go over very well. If you've ever pulled up behind an unmarked police car, you'll see he's got red strobes too.
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    Everything is illegal in FLorida. ******* pigs got notting better to do but give out tickets. I got ticketed for WHITE washer light in orlando. I got a ticket for having clear tail lights.(in daytona) I thought that was BS.

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