Divided into three classes, as defined by Subsection 2 of Section of the Century Code, authorized emergency vehicles are required to display flashing lights in colors, or combinations of colors, that are specified for each class of emergency vehicle within Section and its subsections.
Use of flashing lights, visible up to five hundred feet, is required by authorized emergency vehicles when seeking exceptions from North Dakota traffic and highway law during performance of emergency duties. Those exceptions are defined within the provisions granted for each class of authorized emergency vehicle as described within Section What follows is a specific breakdown of common emergency vehicle and which Emergency Vehicle Light colors are required or accepted according to North Dakota state law. As such, they are required to display red flashing lights or a combination of red and white flashing lights and light barsas outlined in Section While involved in a highway traffic stop, law enforcement vehicles are also allowed to use amber lights with the purpose of directing traffic near the incident.
Also defined within Section as Class A authorized emergency vehicles are those owned by fire departments operated by a government entity. Like police vehicles, they are required to display red flashing lights or a combination of red and white flashing lights.
A government-operated fire vehicle may also display a flashing blue light, according to the provisions within Section Section According to Sectionsuch vehicles are required to display flashing blue and white lights when responding to an emergency during which they may be required to disregard speed limits or regulations governing direction of travel and turning.
Listed in Section as Class A authorized emergency vehicles, ambulances are required by the provisions within Section Section to display either a red flashing light or a combination of red and white flashing lights.
Like police and government fire vehicles, an ambulance may also display a flashing blue light. Class B authorized emergency vehicles must display an amber and white light during performance of emergency duties, particularly when seeking the exceptions granted to them in Section Section Construction vehicles have the distinction, within the North Dakota Century Code, of not being defined within the authorized emergency vehicle class definitions in Section Utility vehicles are not specifically described within the language of the North Dakota Century Code or Administrative Code.
It is advised, within the guidelines, to contact local authorities for information regarding local ordinances which pertain to the operation of utility vehicles in traffic. Pilot vehicles, unlike most emergency vehicles, are not described within the North Dakota Century Code but are regulated by Title 38 of the North Dakota Administrative Code.
It is stated in Section that, when pilot vehicles are required, they must display a rotating amber light mounted on the highest possible point of the pilot vehicle. Motor vehicles operated by private security companies are not listed or defined among the authorized emergency vehicles within the North Dakota Century Code. If authorized by local authorities, pursuant to the definition within Section of the North Dakota Century Code, private security vehicles may qualify as Class B emergency vehicles in order to display amber and white strobe lights as defined in Section Section As such, it is advised that the operators of such vehicles contact local authorities for information on relevant ordinances.
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