Question to LEO's regarding CA PC.
So I recently installed a rear facing directional lightbar seen here:
As you can see, the bar has 6 amber lights in the middle with 1 red light at each end. It is a full directional bar with arrow stick and flash pattern capabilities. I Have 2 uses for this light: First being off-road use, and second for my security job.
I looked up various California Penal Codes to double check the legality of this light and this is what I found:
PERSONAL AND WORK USE:
25268. No person shall display a flashing amber warning light on a
vehicle as permitted by this code except when an unusual traffic
25269. No person shall display a flashing or steady burning red
warning light on a vehicle except as permitted by Section 21055(Pertains to LE vehicles) or when an extreme hazard exists.
25279. (a) Vehicles owned and operated by private security agencies
and utilized exclusively on privately owned and maintained roads to
which this code is made applicable by local ordinance or resolution,
may display flashing amber warning lights to the front, sides, or
rear, while being operated in response to emergency calls for the
immediate preservation of life or property.(Truck is not registered to my company, but it is still being used directly for work related usage)
38346 CVC. A person shall not display a flashing or steady burning red or blue warning light on an off-highway motor vehicle except as permitted by Section 21055 or when an extreme hazard exists.
With all this information in mind, if I follow the law directly as stated above and ONLY use this light when "an extreme/unusual hazard exists" or during work for "the preservation of life or property," would any reasonable officer cite me to be in violation of any PC or CVC??
If I were to get pulled over on the freeway for speeding, and during the traffic stop the officer asks me what the purpose of my light is and I state that it is for OHV and work purposes only, and he asks me to turn it on, should I or do I have to comply? If I dont, I am sure he/she will find PC to toss the truck anyways and just turn it on himself, so being that I would most likely cooperate and show him the light, can I be cited if the light was NOT in use other than when instructed by the LEO to turn it on??
I have no bad or negative intentions with this light whatsoever, but as a LEO, if you saw this bar on a truck like the pic shows, would you stop me, and if so, would you cite if the light is/was not in use?? Remember though, if the light is not on, you have no idea what color the lights are, and for all you know, on a truck like mine, its most likely for OHV or construction use from the looks of it.
My other question is: IF I am cited for this light, is this a moving or equipment violation? And do equipment only violations get reported to DMV as a point just as moving violations do?
Comments/suggestions/concerns would all be appreciated. Thanks!!