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Are flashing brake lights legal?

Trooper Steve answers viewer questions

News 6 traffic safety expert Trooper Steve Montiero answers viewer questions about the rules of the road every week, helping Orlando-area residents become better drivers by being better educated.

This week, Montiero explained why drivers shouldn't have blinking brake lights.

"When it comes to blinking brake lights, there are two problems," Montiero said. "One: they continuously blink. Two: they are red."

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According to Montiero, it's not only distracting to have a red flashing light on your vehicle, it's also illegal.

The flashing light could also confuse other drivers.

"A brake light is indicated by a bright, solid red light. Having a continuously flashing light would be a little confusing and could be misunderstood," Montiero said.

Could you be ticketed for having flashing brake lights? Trooper Steve says it's possible.

"Yes, brake lights that are indicated by a red continuous flashing light could receive a ticket," Montiero said.

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There are other types of brake lights that may not necessarily be illegal, but still could cause confusion on the road, so it may be best to avoid them.

"Now, I have seen some lights that do not continuously flash but give a quick double or triple flash prior to going solid red," Montiero said. "Again, the main issue is continuously red flashing lights."

If you have a traffic question for Trooper Steve, submit it here.


About the Author:

Steve Montiero

Steven Montiero, better known as “Trooper Steve," joined the News 6 morning team as its Traffic Safety Expert in October 2017. A Central Florida native and decorated combat veteran, Montiero comes to the station following an eight-year assignment with the Florida Highway Patrol.

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