Sooooo I guess the way I look at it is when I finish one job and I'm driving to my next..... Is Much like a fire truck going from one fire to another ....Or an ambulance going from on accident to another...Hmmmm
A flashing red light on the tailgate wouldn't be visible from the front so are you not allowed red turn signal lights or red rear 4 way flashers in Mass?I remember a few years ago all hired contractors that plowed for the state had to run two 6" blinking red lights on the tailgate of 6 wheelers & bigger trucks, that was until cops starting pulling guy's over for having red lights, there reasoning behind this was only fire department vehicles can have red lights...You mean to tell me that people would mistake a 10 wheel dump truck with a 11' hunk of steel hanging off the front for a fire truck ...only in Massachusetts
He needs to study his law book then. Have him call the Westbrook Police department, they know about it. One of my drivers was pulled over and given a warning a few years ago.I have a State Trooper that lives on one of the roads I plow. The last time I was in there plowing he was coming out I stopped him and asked him about running flashing lights all the time and he told me that as far as he was knew there was NO law saying you couldn't...He also added he thought it was a good idea ..
Not at all..... There was a comment earlier about Firetrucks using thier red lights going to a fire, and notusing them when they are going back to station.... I was only commenting that plowguys are going from one job to the next and to the next.... and not heading home...So runiing the lights from one plowjob to the next should be ok...Really??
You're going to compare a plow jockey with a fire truck going to a fire?
And in the process totally ignored the part aboot plows not following traffic patterns when plowing but when traveling from account to account you should be following normal traffic patterns. Which is the point of any and all warning lights.Not at all..... There was a comment earlier about Firetrucks using thier red lights going to a fire, and notusing them when they are going back to station.... I was only commenting that plowguys are going from one job to the next and to the next.... and not heading home...So runiing the lights from one plowjob to the next should be ok...
So, you guys that turn your warning lights on from start to finish, answer me one question:
When's the last time you saw a fire engine\ambo\police car running lights and siren back to the station\donut shop\etc?
They're warning lights for a reason, warning people of abnormal driving--sudden stop\turns\backing up\etc. This is to warn people that a plow or salter is not following "normal" driving patterns and when you're going up the road from account to account, you should be following normal driving patterns.
Bet most of you would piss and moan about fire\ambo\popo driving all over with their lights on, and eventually people would ignore them (more than they already do) and would make warning lights pointless.
Only exceptions I can understand are SMV's or wide loads.
Once in a while I agree with this guy....And in the process totally ignored the part aboot plows not following traffic patterns when plowing but when traveling from account to account you should be following normal traffic patterns. Which is the point of any and all warning lights.
Read and reread the rest of the post. Don't just pick out part of it that fits your needs.
Do you ride around all day with your turn signals stuck on?
How about hazards\4-ways?
No, because they are there to signal that something is different, either you are turning, going to slow or stopped or slowing down\stopping.
I thought you were being sarcastic, which I still hope, because your analogy made no sense at all.
One thing you have to be aware of is your NOT a emergency vehicle. so the rules of engagement are different. He is right, your not backing up and your way over powered with those multi lights. and being on the same side of the road with those lights on can confuse drivers. You may have to just run 4 way flashers and park before the hydrant to shovel. I would be careful about running a strobe also. Your not plowing in and out of a drive. Strobes can't be on going down the road if your not a DOT or Tow Truck in use. You may see people doing it but your not suppose to.well once again I somehow managed to get pulled over by my local police dept. This time it was midnight after the last storm I was out plowing and shoveling fire hydrants. I have a 3yr contract with the town to clear 550+ hydrants. Anyway I was pulled over because of my back work lights. The lights are 4 35 watt tractor utilty lights. two up on the top of my headboard shining pointing down and two just below my hitch on my truck. I have a 9ft flat body and I have a Fisher sander on the back, which is why I have the lights. the officer said that these lights were a distraction to other drivers that were coming up behind me. I clearly stated to him that I am on both sides of the road, and that I am in and out of the vehicle and need to be able to see and be seen. he said I would receive a summons if he caught me doing it again....I really need to find the laws and regulations for maine governing vehicle lighting.
Yeah... those dang cops anyway. Putting their lives on the line to save yours when [email protected]! hits the fan. Bunch of idiots..Sound like a typical powertripping cop, nothing better to do then bust balls @ midnight...Talk about distracting lights, cop cars are friggin crazy bright & cause accidents...
That's right risking there lives pulling over them outlaw plow guys trying to earn a buck...In the mean time all these god damn illegal aliens are out there selling drugs and stealing people's sh!t,but were are them cops, pulling over hard working people trying to survive in this country with a dumb ass president & a bunch of bleeding heart ****ing liberal @ss holes spending the tax payers money & don't give me that sh!t that cops don't have quota's