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Indiana, headlights
« on: September 17, 2018, 07:03:21 pm »
As of July 1, 2018, headlights must be white. No blue, green or red tint is allowed. No blue, green or red lights may be underneath and showing while driving. Too many people were pulling people over and blue, red and green lights have needed a permit for decades.
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    Re: Indiana, headlights
    « Reply #1 on: September 17, 2018, 11:47:31 pm »
    I drove truck over night in the Pa,balt & DC area, for many years. You would be amazed at the number of cars with colored headlights. Blue being the most prevalent. Then because they can hardly see anything, they drive with the high beams on. Dumbest looking thing, a car with red headlights, and blue tail lights.  {stupid}

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    « Reply #2 on: September 18, 2018, 08:07:06 am »
    I see alot of people running around with different color auxiliary lights as well. Like the kits they sell at autozone that are LED light strips. People put them all over the front of their cars. This law make those illegal now to, as well as the halo style headlights.

    In Indiana, cops are red and blue lights, fire apparatus and ambulances are red with orange/yellow sometimes, firefighters in their POV (personally owned vehicle) are blue, and paramedics in their POV are green. The law is meant to clear confusion between these first responders and the regular joe out driving around with LEDs plastered all over his car.


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    Re: Indiana, headlights
    « Reply #3 on: September 18, 2018, 02:41:02 pm »
    It seems funny to me as Virginia has always had laws regarding light colors and at least the State Troopers and my local LEOs seem to enforce them pretty often.  Seems like every year when the kids go through driver's ed, the new batch of drivers want to add neon tubes or funny colored headlamps to their vehicles only to get a "fix-it ticket".  We can get away with the blue tinted headlamps, the "super white" ones that have a blueish look to them, but no actual blue colored lamps as that is reserved for the LEOs in Virginia and no one else.  I know truckers use a lot of odd colored lights on the front as "ID" lights or glare lights in the windshield, but I still hear about them getting tickets for that sort of thing pretty often, though I don't believe it goes against their license so many of them just pay the tickets and never remove the lights.  But yeah, after years of dealing with our pretty strict inspection procedures and our sometimes overzealous cops, it's funny to me to hear that a state is just now cracking down on this sort of thing.   ;D
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    Re: Indiana, headlights
    « Reply #4 on: September 18, 2018, 04:59:32 pm »
    think of a pendulum , it swings one way then the other , here blue is a volunteers auto , while in Conn , it will get ya arrested pretty quick .....     
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    Re: Indiana, headlights
    « Reply #5 on: September 18, 2018, 07:56:19 pm »
    It seems funny to me as Virginia has always had laws regarding light colors and at least the State Troopers and my local LEOs seem to enforce them pretty often.  Seems like every year when the kids go through driver's ed, the new batch of drivers want to add neon tubes or funny colored headlamps to their vehicles only to get a "fix-it ticket".  We can get away with the blue tinted headlamps, the "super white" ones that have a blueish look to them, but no actual blue colored lamps as that is reserved for the LEOs in Virginia and no one else.  I know truckers use a lot of odd colored lights on the front as "ID" lights or glare lights in the windshield, but I still hear about them getting tickets for that sort of thing pretty often, though I don't believe it goes against their license so many of them just pay the tickets and never remove the lights.  But yeah, after years of dealing with our pretty strict inspection procedures and our sometimes overzealous cops, it's funny to me to hear that a state is just now cracking down on this sort of thing.   ;D

    Indiana has always been rather laid back on vehicle, or any rules. Basically, if you take yourself out of the gene pool, tough. Just don't hurt anybody else. that said, we have some real winners here. Back in the 80's and early 90's, I as a volunteer police officer. Part of the 6 week training was traffic laws. A friends sons went through drivers training at school and the teacher lived in his own reality. He taught that the parents don't know what they are talking about when coming to a stop sign. He specifically said that they will tell you the vehicle to the right has right of way when both arrive at the same time. It's the vehicle to the left. Not long afterward, a reporter for the paper got traffic school as a ticket deferment program. She wrote about that in her column. I'll bet that went over well with the traffic judges. Turned out, he was using a British drivers teaching manual.

    Most of our traffic laws are left over from the 1940's. Some things don't change much. I found an old drivers manual when I taught my girl friends daughter to driver and compared it to one from a couple of years ago. Less on laws and more on driving situations. For instance, Indiana requires 2 white headlights up front, two red tail lights and one red stop light in back. A driver may also have two yellow fog lamps, one driving lamp and one passing lamp. A lot of cars got 4 headlights in late 1957 and had stop and tail lights on both sides by the late 40's. In addition, any passenger vehicle built after January 1, 1964 must have seat belts for the front seat passengers and driver. I always wonder what would happen if you get a seat belt ticket in a 1963 model car without seat belts.

    I think Virginia outlawed radar detectors. I won't use them as they lull you into a sense of security. They aren't illegal in Indiana per se, however, they do show prior intent to speed.
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