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    Rear Tail Lights

    Hey everyone....

    Well I have seen some cars in the past week with darkly smoked rear tail lights and I was just wondering if that was legal.

    I know in many states that such lights are legal as long as they are visible from at least 300 feet away, but I dont know about Washington.

    Just figured I would ask.

    Is there any place I could find Washington State Traffic laws?

    Thanks Guys...

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    Title 46.37 in the RCW (Revised Code Of Washington) states the legality of vehicle lighting and other equipment.

    RCW 46.37.100
    Color of clearance lamps, side marker lamps, back-up lamps, and reflectors.

    (1) Front clearance lamps and those marker lamps and reflectors mounted on the front or on the side near the front of a vehicle shall display or reflect an amber color.

    (2) Rear clearance lamps and those marker lamps and reflectors mounted on the rear or on the sides near the rear of a vehicle shall display or reflect a red color.

    (3) All lighting devices and reflectors mounted on the rear of any vehicle shall display or reflect a red color, except the stop lamp or other signal device, which may be red, amber, or yellow, and except that on any vehicle forty or more years old, or on any motorcycle regardless of age, the taillight may also contain a blue or purple insert of not more than one inch in diameter, and except that the light illuminating the license plate shall be white and the light emitted by a back-up lamp shall be white or amber.


    I hope that helped a little!!!!
    Last edited by lawdawg134; 09-04-2007 at 09:47 AM. Reason: spelling

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    Anybody need a deputy? Oregon Mike's Avatar
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    You can have yellow brake lights? And I could put blue inserts in my taillights, even though they weren't built with them.

    Somebody needs to update that law.
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    From how I interpret the RCW I would find that only motorcycles can have blue or purple inserts.

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    so from my understanding of that...

    the smoked tail lights are legal as long as the light displayed is still of proper color...

    interesting...

    thanks for the help
    Last edited by deafboy; 09-04-2007 at 11:52 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nate_07 View Post
    From how I interpret the RCW I would find that only motorcycles can have blue or purple inserts.
    Try again...

    ...any vehicle forty or more years old, or on any motorcycle regardless of age, the taillight may also contain a blue or purple insert of not more than one inch in diameter...
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