[REACT-LIST] REACT Can Use Red Lights in North Carolina

Apollo Vii React apolloviireact at gmail.com
Tue Jan 6 13:03:13 EST 2015


Cool lets see if other state will copy 

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> On Jan 5, 2015, at 10:01 PM, Jay WA4JAY REACT Unit-1 <react-unit-14 at hotmail.com> wrote:
> 
> 
> Good News for REACT Members/Teams in North Carolina.
> 
> 
> 
> GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
> SESSION 2013
> SESSION LAW 2013-415
> HOUSE BILL 15
> *H15-v-6*
> 
> AN ACT TO (1) FACILITATE THE USE OF VEHICLES EXCLUSIVELY FOR LAW 
> ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING, OR OTHER EMERGENCY RESPONSE 
> PURPOSES BY THE DIVISION OF PARKS AND RECREATION OF THE 
> DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES AND THE 
> NORTH CAROLINA FOREST SERVICE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE 
> AND CONSUMER SERVICES AND (2) DIRECT THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC 
> SAFETY TO STUDY METHODS OF ALLOWING PRISONERS TO CONTRIBUTE TO 
> CLEANUP AND MITIGATION EFFORTS IN CONNECTION WITH STATES OF 
> EMERGENCY DECLARED IN THIS STATE.
> 
> The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
> SECTION 1.(a) G.S. 20-125(b) reads as rewritten:
> 
> "(b) Every vehicle owned and or operated by a police department or by the Department 
> of Public Safety including the State Highway Patrol or by the Wildlife Resources Commission 
> or the Division of Marine Fisheries Fisheries, or by the Division of Parks and Recreation of the 
> Department of Environment and Natural Resources, or by the North Carolina Forest Service of 
> the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and used exclusively for law 
> enforcement enforcement, firefighting, or other emergency response purposes, or by the 
> Division of Emergency Management, or by a fire department, either municipal or rural, or by a 
> fire patrol, whether such fire department or patrol be a paid organization or a voluntary 
> association, vehicles used by an organ procurement organization or agency for the recovery and 
> transportation of human tissues and organs for transplantation, and every ambulance or 
> emergency medical service emergency support vehicle used for answering emergency calls, 
> shall be equipped with special lights, bells, sirens, horns or exhaust whistles of a type approved 
> by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles.
> The operators of all such vehicles so equipped are hereby authorized to use such equipment 
> at all times while engaged in the performance of their duties and services, both within their 
> respective corporate limits and beyond.
> In addition to the use of special equipment authorized and required by this subsection, the 
> chief and assistant chiefs of any police department or of any fire department, whether the same 
> be municipal or rural, paid or voluntary, county fire marshals, assistant fire marshals, transplant 
> coordinators, and emergency management coordinators, are hereby authorized to use such 
> special equipment on privately owned vehicles operated by them while actually engaged in the 
> performance of their official or semiofficial duties or services either within or beyond their 
> respective corporate limits.
> And vehicles driven by law enforcement officers of the North Carolina Division of Motor 
> Vehicles shall be equipped with a bell, siren, or exhaust whistle of a type approved by the 
> Commissioner, and all vehicles owned and operated by the State Bureau of Investigation for 
> the use of its agents and officers in the performance of their official duties may be equipped 
> with special lights, bells, sirens, horns or exhaust whistles of a type approved by the 
> Commissioner of Motor Vehicles.
> Every vehicle used or operated for law enforcement purposes by the sheriff or any salaried 
> deputy sheriff or salaried rural policeman of any county, whether owned by the county or not, 
> may be, but is not required to be, equipped with special lights, bells, sirens, horns or exhaust 
> whistles of a type approved by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles. Such special equipment 
> shall not be operated or activated by any person except by a law enforcement officer while 
> actively engaged in performing law enforcement duties.Page 2 Session Law 2013-415 SL2013-415
> In addition to the use of special equipment authorized and required by this subsection, the 
> chief and assistant chiefs of each emergency rescue squad which is recognized or sponsored by 
> any municipality or civil preparedness agency, are hereby authorized to use such special 
> equipment on privately owned vehicles operated by them while actually engaged in their 
> official or semiofficial duties or services either within or beyond the corporate limits of the 
> municipality which recognizes or sponsors such organization."
> 
> SECTION 1.(b) G.S. 20-130.1 reads as rewritten:
> "§ 20-130.1. Use of red or blue lights on vehicles prohibited; exceptions.
> 
> (a) It is unlawful for any person to install or activate or operate a red light in or on any 
> vehicle in this State. As used in this subsection, unless the context requires otherwise, "red 
> light" means an operable red light not sealed in the manufacturer's original package which: (i) 
> is designed for use by an emergency vehicle or is similar in appearance to a red light designed 
> for use by an emergency vehicle; and (ii) can be operated by use of the vehicle's battery, 
> vehicle's electrical system, or a dry cell battery. As used in this subsection, the term "red light"
> shall also mean any forward facing red light installed on a vehicle after initial manufacture of 
> the vehicle.
> 
> (b) The provisions of subsection (a) of this section do not apply to the following:
> 
> (1) A police car;vehicle.
> (2) A highway patrol car;vehicle.
> (3) A vehicle owned by the Wildlife Resources Commission and operated 
> exclusively for law-enforcement purposes;law enforcement, firefighting, or 
> other emergency response purposes.
> (4) An ambulance;ambulance.
> (5) A vehicle used by an organ procurement organization or agency for the 
> recovery and transportation of blood, human tissues, or organs for 
> transplantation;transplantation.
> (6) A fire-fighting vehicle;vehicle.
> (7) A school bus;bus.
> (8) A vehicle operated by any member of a municipal or rural fire department in 
> the performance of his duties, regardless of whether members of that fire 
> department are paid or voluntary;voluntary.
> (9) A vehicle of a voluntary lifesaving organization (including the private 
> vehicles of the members of such an organization) that has been officially 
> approved by the local police authorities and which is manned or operated by 
> members of that organization while answering an official call;call.
> (10) A vehicle operated by medical doctors or anesthetists in 
> emergencies;emergencies.
> (11) A motor vehicle used in law enforcement by the sheriff, or any salaried rural 
> policeman in any county, regardless of whether or not the county owns the 
> vehicle;vehicle.
> (11a) A vehicle operated by the State Fire Marshal or his representatives in the 
> performance of their duties, whether or not the State owns the 
> vehicle;vehicle.
> (12) A vehicle operated by any county fire marshal, assistant fire marshal, or 
> emergency management coordinator in the performance of his duties, 
> regardless of whether or not the county owns the vehicle;vehicle.
> (13) A light required by the Federal Highway Administration;Administration.
> (14) A vehicle operated by a transplant coordinator who is an employee of an 
> organ procurement organization or agency when the transplant coordinator is 
> responding to a call to recover or transport human tissues or organs for 
> transplantation;transplantation.
> (15) A vehicle operated by an emergency medical service as an emergency 
> support vehicle;vehicle.
> (16) A State emergency management vehicle; and vehicle.
> (17) An Incident Management Assistance Patrol vehicle operated by the 
> Department of Transportation, when using rear-facing red lights while 
> stopped for the purpose of providing assistance or incident management.
> (18) A vehicle operated by the Division of Marine Fisheries or the Division of
> Parks and Recreation of the Department of Environment and Natural SL2013-415 Session Law 2013-415 Page 3
> Resources that is used for law enforcement, firefighting, or other emergency 
> response purpose.
> (19) A vehicle operated by the North Carolina Forest Service of the Department 
> of Agriculture and Consumer Services that is used for law enforcement, 
> firefighting, or other emergency response purpose.
> 
> (20) A vehicle operated by official member or team of REACT International, Inc.,
> that is used to provide additional manpower authorized by law enforcement, firefighting,
> or other emergency response entities.
> 
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