Can I customize my brake light flash pattern?

Trooper Steve recommends leaving your lights alone

ORLANDO, Fla. – People are getting creative when customizing their cars, but the ongoing trend of changing one’s brake lights might be one to avoid.

A News 6 viewer asked Trooper Steve Montiero: Can I customize my brake light flash pattern?

In short, Montiero says you probably shouldn’t.

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“I answer this with a question, why do so many of us feel the urge to change things on our car that are in no way legal or the way the manufacturer designed?” he said.

Flashing red brake lights are definitely illegal, according to Montiero. He says one of the only feasible reasons to change ones brakes lights would be to increase visibility.

“But this doesn’t mean you can alter your flash pattern. Flashing red lights are reserved for emergency vehicles but are also allowed on some mass transit vehicles. Having flashing lights on your personally owned vehicles is a big no and can be very distracting,” he said.

Montiero says a driver could receive a hefty ticket for something like this.

“My advice is to leave your lights alone on your car. If you want to increase your visibility, make sure they are all working,” he said.

About the Author:

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.