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Flashing lights to imitate emergency vehicles can get you prosecuted - police warn

Published:Tuesday | July 12, 2016 | 7:52 AM

The police are warning motorists they will be prosecuted if they continue to unlawfully use flashing lights that imitate emergency vehicles, particularly those used by the police.

The police say it has been observed that public passenger vehicles, motorcyclists and to a lesser extent, other members of the motoring public, have been using these lights in recent times.

However, the police say in addition to being a breach of the Road Traffic Act, the practice is dangerous.

They say vehicles using flashing lights may cause unwarranted confusion to road users and may allow criminals to deceive the public and impersonate the police and other emergency services.

Under the law, emergency lights are to be used only by the police, the Jamaica Fire Brigade and ambulances.

The police use blue lights, while other emergency services use red lights.

The police are warning motorists to desist from the unlawful practice, as anyone found in breach will be prosecuted.