2003 -- S 0987 SUBSTITUTE A
A N A C T
RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- LIGHTING EQUIPMENT AND
Introduced By: Senators Damiani, and DaPonte
Date Introduced: April 01, 2003
It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
SECTION 1. Sections 31-24-31 and 31-24-49 of the General Laws in Chapter 31-24
entitled "Lighting Equipment and Reflectors" are hereby amended to read as follows:
31-24-31. Flashing lights -- Forward viewing or rotary beam lights. -- (a) Flashing
lights are prohibited, except on an authorized emergency vehicle, school bus, snow removal
equipment, or on any vehicle as a means for indicating a right or left turn. However, the
requirements of section 31-24-33 shall be deemed to be satisfied if the vehicle is equipped with
lamps at the front mounted at the same level, displaying simultaneously flashing white or amber
lights, and at the rear mounted at the same level, and displaying simultaneously flashing red
lights, all of which lights shall be visible from a distance of not less than five hundred feet (500').
(b) Forward viewing or rotating beam lights may be installed on and shall be restricted to
the following categories of
vehicles, and these lights shall be of color designated:
(1) Emergency response vehicles of any fire, rescue, or ambulance department, fire
chiefs, assistant fire chiefs, deputy chiefs, captains; any privately owned vehicle of any authorized
volunteer member of a fire, rescue, or ambulance department; emergency management agency
directors, assistant directors, assistant medical examiners and/or forensic pathologists of the
office of state medical examiners; rescue vehicles, emergency response vehicles of the
department of environmental management and the division of state fire marshal; school buses;
and two (2) American Red Cross disaster vehicles: Red, white and/or alternating flashing white;
(2) Wrecker trucks, service station trucks, state and town safety and maintenance
vehicles; snowplows and tractors; light company trucks, telephone company trucks, water
company trucks, oil company trucks, and other utilities' trucks; vehicles of television, radio and
press photographers; rural mail carriers; all motor-propelled vehicles owned by the Northern
Rhode Island REACT (radio emergency
associated citizens team);
and all motor-propelled
vehicles owned by or under contract to the Rhode Island department of transportation when on
official state business; and vehicles marking the beginning and end of funeral processions:
(3) Police units, state and local: Center rotating beam lights: Blue or red; Outboard
mounted lights: Blue or red.
(4) Violations of this section are subject to fines enumerated in section 31-41.1-4.
31-24-49. Approval of lighting equipment required. – (a) No person shall have for
sale, sell, or offer for sale for use upon or as a part of the equipment of a motor vehicle, trailer, or
semi-trailer or use upon any such vehicle any head lamp, auxiliary or fog lamp, rear lamp, signal
lamp, or reflector which reflector is required by this chapter or parts of any of these which tend to
change the original design or performance, unless of a type which has been submitted to and
approved by the administrator of the division of motor vehicles. Violations of this section are
subject to fines enumerated in section 31-41.1-4.
(b) The administrator shall approve a flashing amber light configuration for use in funeral
SECTION 2. Section 31-27-16 of the General Laws in Chapter 31-27 entitled "Motor
Vehicle Offenses" is hereby amended to read as follows:
31-27-16. Funeral processions. -- (a) Any person who operates a motor vehicle on any
of the highways of this state in such manner as to willfully interject a funeral cortege shall be
guilty of a civil violation.
(b) For the purpose of this section, "funeral cortege" is defined as a procession of motor
vehicles clearly identified by operating headlights, flashing amber lights, signs, flags, or other
identifying devices, as participating in a funeral.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon passage.