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    Any input on this Ohio law????

    I have been trying to find out some info on the laws of accent lighting in Ohio. So far.. 1) No flashing lights whatsoever.
    2) No red, blue or white flashing or steady???
    So, does paragraph (E) over ride everything if you tell the LEO that you are riding in unfavorable atmospheric conditions because of the low visability of being on a motorcycle and you are just trying to enhance visability?





    (E) This section does not prohibit the use of warning lights required by law or the simultaneous flashing of turn signals on disabled vehicles or on vehicles being operated in unfavorable atmospheric conditions in order to enhance their visibility. This section also does not prohibit the simultaneous flashing of turn signals or warning lights either on farm machinery or vehicles escorting farm machinery, when used on a street or highway.
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    im not going to lie... i didnt read past the first part but i will say the red/white/blue light thing means that they cant be on while riding. you can still park and show the harley guys that we have lights too
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    Quote Originally Posted by kerrdj View Post
    im not going to lie... i didnt read past the first part but i will say the red/white/blue light thing means that they cant be on while riding. you can still park and show the harley guys that we have lights too
    LOL......I don't blame you. I edited and cut out all that other crap. Just left the important paragraph.
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    Red/blue/white could be confused for police or first-responder lights, so i see the point in that one. It'd probably be really bad to have 'em flash to imitate a cop bike. Strobing lights might be seen as a hazard at night - distracting to other drivers. In PA, that's the deal with any kind of lighting on cars, trucks, etc.. It's all banned because it's a distraction. On the other hand, just became official in the last year that LED kits on bikes are completely legal here, including having them on while running. I don't know about the red/blue/white thing, but I'd assume that's a bit of a no-brainer. And with that, I don't think that it's necessarily if you have an all-red or all-blue lit bike. Mine is technically red(ish), and I've seen some in blue here, too. Having them together, again, is cop-esque.

    Asked a state trooper about it a few weeks ago and he gave me the skinny on the law. (He rides a Harley, but likes my bike.... lol ) Their opinion is that LED kits are considered to be "auxiliary safety lighting". Well, if that's the case, by end of this weekend, I'll be sportin' over 190 bits o' safety!! I like to be seen. Now if they only would fight gravity... HA!!!
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    There are federal and state laws about lighting. I had an LED auxiliary brake light that flashed for 5 seconds then went on solid. It is illegal here in MD. I never got pulled over for it but I did get comments on how noticable it was. Of course forward facing red lights, rear facing clear lights, and blue lights in any direction are not allowed here in MD and quite likely the same applies in other states. Or it may be a federal law.
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    You can't have them flashing while riding on any public street or highway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by starman04 View Post
    So, does paragraph (E) over ride everything if you tell the LEO that you are riding in unfavorable atmospheric conditions because of the low visability of being on a motorcycle and you are just trying to enhance visability?
    I'd love to watch you try telling that to an LEO.

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    I've been an Ohio deputy for several years and I've never seen anyone cited for this. Nor should they be. The law only addresses flashing lights and lights with more than 300 candlepower. So as long as you aren't flashing (this would include allowing them to change colors IMO) than you should be fine. And lets face it........only a trooper would cite someone for something so minor. Us "deps" Are way cool! Jk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1600Marauderguy View Post
    And lets face it........only a trooper would cite someone for something so minor. Us "deps" Are way cool! Jk.

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    I have found that to be true for the most part. I have had some issues when riding my dual sport but I think that is mostly because they don't see the license plate right away. No tickets, but time spent checking the paperwork.
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    its a big deal in michigan for the red white or blue accent lights while riding but parked is fine... the fiancee has bright orange and never had a problem even when riding

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    I put 2 sets of Super Lizards on my bike and have had no problem with law enforcement yet.I keep them in steady mode and usually on the purpleish color.One state trooper stopped me and told me I could not run with my auxiliary lights on.After I told him they were lights for safety,my visibility,he surprised me and told me that was all he needed to hear and sent me on my way.Evidently,it does make a difference what you are using them for.Of course I told him about my accident and my new philosophy that "Visibilty is King".So that may have also had an effect.After many night rides to work,he often waves now.I am still astounded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Da Badge Man View Post
    I put 2 sets of Super Lizards on my bike and have had no problem with law enforcement yet.I keep them in steady mode and usually on the purpleish color.One state trooper stopped me and told me I could not run with my auxiliary lights on.After I told him they were lights for safety,my visibility,he surprised me and told me that was all he needed to hear and sent me on my way.Evidently,it does make a difference what you are using them for.Of course I told him about my accident and my new philosophy that "Visibilty is King".So that may have also had an effect.After many night rides to work,he often waves now.I am still astounded.
    That is awesome!!!! Exactly what I want to hear!!!!
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    I guess I should have added that I found out,later on,that this trooper was one of our other guards son.Not sure if that has anything to do with it,but I am still astounded every time he waves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by starman04 View Post
    That is awesome!!!! Exactly what I want to hear!!!!
    Keep in mind he doesn't live in Ohio. Just don't let them flash or "morph" while you ride and you should be fine.
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    On a personal Note..I have found Ohio Staties to not be the most forgiving compared to most states..
    Chris, I'm referring to Perrysburg area in particular..
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