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Quick clarification please. I was ask recently if the directional light had to be amber and I could not find any specifics under the Mass Gen Laws that stated the directional light had to be amber. Can it be white? Blue? I looked under C90 s7 and others but it did not specify. Please help.
 

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As I understood it, the lights had to be either white or amber in the front and red, amber or white in the rear. Either way, that makes green, blue, purple, etc.. lights illegal under 90-7. Those other colors are not DOT approved. Bang them for the def. equip. per light bulb if you really want to stick it to them.
 

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Naturally I would cite under 90/7 but if you see the specific wording could you let me know. It is very vague. I have looked over and over.

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You can't write the $300 for the red/blue lights on the car unless they in some way flash or rotate. Plain red/blue lights that stay on all the time are just defective equipment.
 

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Originally posted by mpdcam:
You can't write the $300 for the red/blue lights on the car unless they in some way flash or rotate. Plain red/blue lights that stay on all the time are just defective equipment.
ok might be stretching it but what if they have their directional on?
 

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Thank you for the very detailed information regarding the lights. Good point with citing something like neons under 90/7. So I would be in the clear citing aftermarket lights such as neons under 90/9 Improperly equipped M/V?
 
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Can someone tell me the law regarding the use of turn signals? (Failure to do so) and the fines along with it. I've noticed that many drivers today fail to give the common courtesy to other drivers; to include police vehicles on patrol.

I would be impressed if someone was using their signals regardless of color. However, I understand the law is law. Thanks.
 

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What's a turn signal?


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Chapter 90: Section 14B. Uniform stopping and turning signals on ways.

Section 14B. Every person operating a motor vehicle, before stopping said vehicle or making any turning movement which would affect the operation of any other vehicle, shall give a plainly visible signal by activating the brake lights or directional lights or signal as provided on said vehicle; and in the event electrical or mechanical signals are not operating or not provided on the vehicle, a plainly visible signal by means of the hand and arm shall be made. Hand and arm signals shall be made as follows:-

1. An intention to turn to the left shall be indicated by hand and arm extended horizontally.

2. An intention to turn to the right shall be indicated by hand and arm extended upward.

3. An intention to stop or decrease speed shall be indicated by hand and arm extended downward.

Whoever violates any provision of this section shall be punished by a fine of not less than twenty-five dollars for each offense.
 

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Off topic: I stopped a kid last night followed him around a neighborhood as he did the loop d loop around the neighborhood. All turn signals, speed limit whole nine yards.... But too bad for him his muffler appeared to be defective and I stopped him, didnt come up with anything. Just some high school wise asses driving around. Wanting to play games w/ me b/c I was follwing them. So I wrote him for his 90/20 and 90/7.... the kid had the nerve to tell me that I failed to use my directionals while I was following him... I suggested to him in a polite manner that he should do a little more research on the laws. Just sharing another wonderful encounter with a citizen of the commonwealth.
 

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tomahawk said:
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Chapter 90: Section 14B. Uniform stopping and turning signals on ways.

Section 14B. Every person operating a motor vehicle, before stopping said vehicle or making any turning movement which would affect the operation of any other vehicle, shall give a plainly visible signal by activating the brake lights or directional lights or signal as provided on said vehicle; and in the event electrical or mechanical signals are not operating or not provided on the vehicle, a plainly visible signal by means of the hand and arm shall be made. Hand and arm signals shall be made as follows:-

1. An intention to turn to the left shall be indicated by hand and arm extended horizontally.

2. An intention to turn to the right shall be indicated by hand and arm extended upward.

3. An intention to stop or decrease speed shall be indicated by hand and arm extended downward.

Whoever violates any provision of this section shall be punished by a fine of not less than twenty-five dollars for each offense.
I thought somewhere in there (law) it states that in order to cite for failure to use the turn signal it must in someway affect the operation of another vehicle. ?? No one behind the guy no need for a turn signal, correct?
 

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Neon's under the car have their own section in CMR... Not 90.7
 

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Gil said:
I thought somewhere in there (law) it states that in order to cite for failure to use the turn signal it must in someway affect the operation of another vehicle. ?? No one behind the guy no need for a turn signal, correct?
That's what I was informed also Gil. It shows that in my little MV book from LED and also CPS
 

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Originally posted by Wolfman

Whew. Class dismissed. Be sure to let me know how far I stuck my foot in my mouth this time.
Wolfman,

Excellent breakdown of the use of 90/7 vs. 90/9 and defective vs. improper equipment. If improper use can be articulated the person is going to be wishing the equipment was broken instead (ie. the cheaper fine). I like the option of that $1000 gig for the second offense. How does that work for some local nit wit repeat offender. =D>
 

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Can't be blue. Not sure about white, if it's original equipment I'd say OK (I think there were a few cars that came with white turn signals but can't think of any specifics right now), if it's aftermarket you would need to check on DOT compliance for the lens / bulbs.
Vehicles with clear lens turn signals/parking lights/marker lights require amber color bulbs, they will fail safety inspection otherwise.
 

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A quick check of the owner's manual will reveal whether the vehicle needs clear or amber bulbs: the bulb number will be folowed by an "A", as in 1157A. "A" bulbs are specified for clear lenses, clear bulbs for amber or red lenses (not that we are checking the book at the side of the road...if it's that important, you can check with the factory dealer and speak with authority at court: it may have been the basis for a stop that led to the discovery of a larger crime...drugs or a dismembered body in the trunk!).

As for the turn-signal-use-must-effect-another-vehicle arguement: I had a defense weasel try to use that dodge to have an OUI stop thrown out: My answer to his question about what other vehicle would have been affected was that "mine would have". His arguement to the judge was that "police vehicles didn't count". The judge didn't buy it, guilty OUI.
 
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