GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
SESSION LAW 1999-249
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
Section 1. G.S. 20-130.1 reads as rewritten:
"§ 20-130.1. Use of red or blue lights on vehicles prohibited; exceptions.
(c) It is unlawful for any person to
activate or operate a blue light in or on any vehicle in this State. It is
unlawful for any person to possess a blue light in or on any vehicle in this
State. possess a blue light or to install, activate, or operate a blue
light in or on any vehicle in this State, except for a publicly owned vehicle
used for law enforcement purposes or any other vehicle when used by law
enforcement officers in the performance of their official duties. As used
in this subsection, unless the context requires otherwise, "blue
light" means an operable blue light not sealed in the manufacturer's
original package which:
(1) Is not (i) being installed on, held in inventory for the purpose of being installed on, or held in inventory for the purpose of sale for installation on a vehicle on which it may be lawfully operated or (ii) installed on a vehicle which is used solely for the purpose of demonstrating the blue light for sale to law enforcement personnel;
(1a) Is designed for use by an emergency vehicle, or is similar in appearance to a blue light designed for use by an emergency vehicle; and
(2) Can be operated by use of the vehicle's battery, the vehicle's electrical system, or a dry cell battery.
(d) The provisions of subsection (c) of this
section do not apply to a publicly owned vehicle used primarily for
law-enforcement purposes or any other vehicle used primarily by law-enforcement
officers in the performance of their official duties."
Section 2. This act becomes effective December 1, 1999, and applies to offenses committed on or after that date.
In the General Assembly read three times and ratified this the 23rd day of June, 1999.
s/ Dennis A. Wicker
President of the Senate
s/ James B. Black
Speaker of the House of Representatives
s/ James B. Hunt, Jr.
Approved 9:15 a.m. this 2nd day of July, 1999