BY JOSH PRESLEY
The West Point Police Department is cracking down on cars using illegal blue lights on vehicles in the city.
Mississippi Code Section 63-7-20 prohibits any person, other than a law enforcement officer on duty, to use or display blue lights on a motor vehicle.
West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley is warning motorists not to put colored lights on their vehicles, especially blue lights, because WPPD is citing them.
"We're starting to see more and more of people putting these lights on their vehicles," Brinkley said. "Even if they come from the factory, those have to be disconnected."
He said some motorcycles are adorned with blue lights, and some cars have blue LED lights on the undercarriage; however, those must be removed or the motorist will receive a citation, Brinkley said.
"Some of the newer halogen lights have a blue tint, but we're not talking about that," Brinkley said. "We're talking about the lighting kits or after-market modification that people put on their headlights."
Many states defer to federal standards in this regard. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108 says that all replacement headlamps must utilize the vehicle's existing light source.
Mississippi Code Section 63-7-23 says that any lights switched on while the vehicle is in motion must be white or amber if visible from the front, amber if visible from the side and red if visible from the rear. It also prohibits alternating flashing headlights of any color on any car except an emergency vehicle.
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