Blinker light colors:Red and Blue?

When you’re riding your bike at night, wouldn’t you want to have the best color that people would recognize the most, and that’s RED and BLUE. Just think about it for a second, if you had red and blue blinkers on your bike, you’d be seen right away by drivers, correct?

But then again, having these colored lights could spell some trouble for you. Some cities prohibit such color combinations because it resembles Police lights. Would you risk it if you ran those colors on your bike(s) that a cop wouldn’t pull you over? Perhaps these color combinations are ok in some cities, but I know for a fact that in Los Angeles, you’d get pulled over right away. It’s really a shame since these colors seem to catch people’s attention rather quickly.


  1. Kirk Crawford

    You cannot have a blue lamp on a vehicle in California. See here.

  2. Raiyn

    Florida statute 316.2397 explains that it is expressly illegal for red or blue lights to be shown on non-law enforcement vehicles. This law includes headlights, lights visible within the car, lights in the rear and lights underneath. Anyone displaying red or blue lights (other than red taillights) will be stopped, the lights confiscated and the drivers subject to fine or arrest. Exceptions to this law obviously include fire safety vehicles, ambulances and unmarked police cars.

    You’ll find that a lot of (if not all) states have similar laws against this.

  3. Ghost Rider

    While I’ve never had that problem on a bike (displaying red/blue flashing lights in the form of my MonkeyLectric wheel lights), I HAVE gotten a ticket driving with them.

    Remember windshield-washer lights? I had blue ones on my old truck, and got a ticket (in Florida; Raiyn’s statute citation is right on the money) driving to the hospital to see my first-born son on the day of his birth. Sweet-talking the cop didn’t work at all; in fact, he made me clip the wires while he waited. And the ticket wasn’t cheap!

    The takeaway, though, is that there are other colors that stand out from the sea of red blinkies. A green or purple light, or even a bright yellow flasher can help you become more visible at night.

  4. Raiyn

    Purple I can agree to, green could prove problematic at say, an intersection.

  5. Dre

    Not to be a prick, but the above FL statute applies only to motor vehicles. I had been researching this myself because I thought there was a loophole. In fact, codes had to be written just to allow bicycles in FL an exception from motor vehicle law, to allow flashing lights on the road. Other times, cyclists have been fined under MV law, only to have the fine dismissed because they were not motor vehicles. So before someone goes using blue lights and tries the “bikes aren’t motor vehicles” argument… find the other code your town more than likely has regarding blue lights for LEO only.

    843.081 Prohibited use of certain lights; penalty.—
    (1) The Legislature finds and declares that Florida’s citizens are vulnerable to becoming the victims of criminal acts through the illegal use of blue lights by the criminal elements. It is the intent of the Legislature to reduce this vulnerability to injury and loss of life and property by prohibiting the use of certain blue lights by any person other than an authorized law enforcement officer.
    (2) It is unlawful for a person to use in or on any nongovernmentally owned vehicle or vessel any flashing or rotating blue light unless such person is a law enforcement officer employed by a federal, state, county, or city law enforcement agency or is a person appointed by the Governor pursuant to chapter 354.
    (3) The provisions of this section shall not apply to salespersons, service representatives, or other employees of businesses licensed to sell or repair law enforcement equipment.
    (4) For the purposes of this section, the term “flashing or rotating blue light” includes all forms of lights which display a blue light source or which were designed with the intent of displaying a blue light source whether or not such light is actually in use.
    (5) Any person who violates any of the provisions of this section commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
    History.—s. 2, ch. 91-163; s. 1, ch. 94-103; s. 1339, ch. 97-102.

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