He even says hes a whacker
Indeed. But I think the lightbar collector, former police or not, is far from a whacker...just a little mentally ill because we like the blinky lights. We will have to agree to disagree with a definition that is certainly subject to interpretation. I think we will also have to agree to disagree on the definition of "emergency" lighting as well since that definition varies from state to state. In Utah for example, amber, white, and red lighting, when used in the proper place on the vehicle, is not considered "emergency" lighting nor does it make the vehicle an "emergency" vehicle. Having said that, the rules regarding the type of lighting, color, and placement are so loosely enforced that anyone could get away with anything unless that person is impersonating a LEO, i.e. headlight flashers and blue lighting. In Utah, headlight flashers are reserved for true emergency vehicles, but nearly every highway construction vehicle I've seen lately has one installed. And the penalty is essentially a slap on the hand. Blue is reserved solely for police, but many fire departments have blue lighting on their rigs. And who is going to tell a fire department that they can't use it? Not me....whackers are going to whack.
This absolutely makes you a whacker. Again, why would you need to install red lights and a TA in your vehicles so they can be more visible during a "personal emergency?" What does that even mean? I have a personal emergency when I am driving and the digestive system issues I have tell me I have to hit the head ASAP. That doesn't mean I fire up the emergency lights I've installed so my vehicle can be more visible. How many times do you anticipate being broken down on the side of the road that you'd need red lights and a TA to be more visible?I'm in the process of installing red lighting to the rear of my vehicle solely for this purpose and am contemplating adding a traffic advisor. I am also contemplating adding red lighting to my other vehicles, again, with the sole intent of making my vehicles more visible during personal emergencies. Does this make me a whacker? In my opinion, absolutely not.
Exactly what Sparky_911 said.Anyone putting emergency/warning lights on a POV without authorization from a private employer, public response agency, or other entity shouldn't do so either.
Doing so only sets one up for liability if used incorrectly even once. If you use a traffic advisor and an accident is the result, then you are liable. Good luck getting your insurance company to pay that bill (just ask any vollie ff that's been in an accident POV). Let alone the citation(s) law enforcement will likely hand you.