State Rep Emily McAsey, D-Romeoville, issued the following release:
SPRINGFIELD – As part of her continued efforts to increase road safety, legislation introduced by state Rep. Emily McAsey to prohibit non-emergency vehicles from using flashing lights recently passed out of the Illinois House.
“Emergency vehicles use lights to alert drivers, when non-emergency vehicles use them they are endangering our roads,” said McAsey. “Unfortunately, there are instances when other people use lights to confuse and intimidate drivers. To protect travelers and Illinois motorists, this legislation further restricts the use of flashing lights and increases penalties for using them illegally.”
McAsey introduced House Bill 3054 which prohibits vehicles that are not designated as emergency vehicles to use any oscillating, flashing, or rotating lights. Under current law, emergency vehicles that are sold must have all markings removed before they can be purchased. State law expressly prohibits cars and trucks from bearing the markings of police departments, but not of other emergency vehicles.
McAsey’s measure allows law enforcement officers to take light-emitting equipment from the vehicles at the time of violation or during any legal search. Anyone found to have these lights would be charged with a Class A misdemeanor.
“This idea for this legislation was brought to me by constituents who were concerned about the safety of their children and other family members driving by themselves at night,” said McAsey. “No one should be able to use indicators of emergency vehicles to take advantage of other drivers on the road. I hope this will help travelers identify emergency personnel while keeping our roads safe.”
House Bill 3054 recently passed the House of Representatives unanimously and now moves to the Senate for further consideration. For more information, please contact McAsey’s full-time constituent service office at (815) 372-0085.