130th Ohio General Assembly
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H. B. No. 475  As Introduced
As Introduced

130th General Assembly
Regular Session
2013-2014
H. B. No. 475


Representative Becker 

Cosponsors: Representatives Lynch, Roegner, Stebelton 



A BILL
To amend section 4513.17 of the Revised Code to permit the flashing on and off of headlights, and the alternate flashing of the lower and upper beams of headlights, by a motor vehicle operator to convey information to operators of oncoming vehicles, including information concerning the presence of dangers, hazards, or vehicles of interest.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF OHIO:
Section 1.  That section 4513.17 of the Revised Code be amended to read as follows:
Sec. 4513.17.  (A) Whenever a motor vehicle equipped with headlights also is equipped with any auxiliary lights or spotlight or any other light on the front thereof projecting a beam of an intensity greater than three hundred candle power, not more than a total of five of any such lights on the front of a vehicle shall be lighted at any one time when the vehicle is upon a highway.
(B) Any lighted light or illuminating device upon a motor vehicle, other than headlights, spotlights, signal lights, or auxiliary driving lights, that projects a beam of light of an intensity greater than three hundred candle power, shall be so directed that no part of the beam will strike the level of the roadway on which the vehicle stands at a distance of more than seventy-five feet from the vehicle.
(C)(1) Flashing lights are prohibited on motor vehicles, except as a means for indicating a right or a left turn, or in the presence of a vehicular traffic hazard requiring unusual care in approaching, or overtaking or passing. This prohibition does not apply to emergency vehicles, road service vehicles servicing or towing a disabled vehicle, rural mail delivery vehicles, vehicles as provided in section 4513.182 of the Revised Code, highway maintenance vehicles, funeral hearses, funeral escort vehicles, and similar equipment operated by the department or local authorities, which shall be equipped with and display, when used on a street or highway for the special purpose necessitating such lights, a flashing, oscillating, or rotating amber light, but shall not display a flashing, oscillating, or rotating light of any other color, nor to vehicles or machinery permitted by section 4513.11 of the Revised Code to have a flashing red light.
(2) When used on a street or highway, farm machinery and vehicles escorting farm machinery may be equipped with and display a flashing, oscillating, or rotating amber light, and the prohibition contained in division (C)(1) of this section does not apply to such machinery or vehicles. Farm machinery also may display the lights described in section 4513.11 of the Revised Code.
(D) Except a person operating a public safety vehicle, as defined in division (E) of section 4511.01 of the Revised Code, or a school bus, no person shall operate, move, or park upon, or permit to stand within the right-of-way of any public street or highway any vehicle or equipment that is equipped with and displaying a flashing red or a flashing combination red and white light, or an oscillating or rotating red light, or a combination red and white oscillating or rotating light; and except a public law enforcement officer, or other person sworn to enforce the criminal and traffic laws of the state, operating a public safety vehicle when on duty, no person shall operate, move, or park upon, or permit to stand within the right-of-way of any street or highway any vehicle or equipment that is equipped with, or upon which is mounted, and displaying a flashing blue or a flashing combination blue and white light, or an oscillating or rotating blue light, or a combination blue and white oscillating or rotating light.
(E) This section does not prohibit the any of the following:
(1) The use of warning lights required by law or the simultaneous flashing of turn signals on disabled vehicles or on vehicles being operated in unfavorable atmospheric conditions in order to enhance their visibility. This section also does not prohibit the;
(2) The simultaneous flashing of turn signals or warning lights either on farm machinery or vehicles escorting farm machinery, when used on a street or highway;
(3) The flashing on and off of headlights, or the alternate flashing of the lower beams and the upper beams of headlights, to convey information to operators of oncoming vehicles, including information concerning the presence of dangers, hazards, or vehicles of interest that the operators of the oncoming vehicles may be approaching. The act of flashing headlights on and off or the alternate flashing of the lower and upper beams of headlights as described in division (E)(3) of this section, without more, does not constitute a violation of any provision of the Revised Code or any municipal ordinance.
(F) Whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor.
Section 2.  That existing section 4513.17 of the Revised Code is hereby repealed.
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