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SB-587 Emergency vehicles: blue warning lights.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 04/26/2017 04:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Senate  April 25, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 587


Introduced by Senator Atkins

February 17, 2017


An act to amend Section 25258 of the Vehicle Code, relating to emergency vehicles.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 587, as amended, Atkins. Emergency vehicles: blue warning lights.
Existing law authorizes specified peace officers, including, among others, police officers, members of the University of California Police Department, and members of the California National Guard, in the performance of the officers’ duties, to display a steady or flashing blue warning light visible from the front, sides, or rear of their emergency vehicles.
This bill would also authorize probation officers to display the blue warning light from their emergency vehicles. The bill would require probation officers a probation officer to complete an emergency vehicle operations course certified by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training before operating an emergency vehicle with blue lights. a blue warning light. If the probation officer is authorized to conduct high-speed vehicle pursuits, the bill would require his or her training to comply with provisions relating to a course of instruction on the handling of those pursuits.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 25258 of the Vehicle Code is amended to read:

25258.
 (a) An authorized emergency vehicle operating under the conditions specified in Section 21055 may display a flashing white light from a gaseous discharge lamp designed and used for the purpose of controlling official traffic control signals.
(b) (1) An authorized emergency vehicle used by a peace officer, as defined in Section 830.1 of, subdivision (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), (f), (g), or (i) of Section 830.2 of, subdivision (n) of Section 830.3 of, subdivision (b) of Section 830.31 of, subdivision (a) or (b) of Section 830.32 of, Section 830.33 of, subdivision (a) of Section 830.36 of, subdivision (a) of Section 830.4 of, or Section 830.6 of, or a probation officer, as defined in Section 830.5 of, the Penal Code, in the performance of the peace officer’s duties, may, in addition, display a steady or flashing blue warning light visible from the front, sides, or rear of the vehicle.
(2) Before a probation officer operates an emergency vehicle with a blue warning light, he or she shall complete an emergency vehicle operations course certified by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training. If the probation officer is authorized by his or her probation department to conduct high-speed vehicle pursuits, his or her training shall comply with Section 13519.8 of the Penal Code.
(c) Except as provided in subdivision (a), a vehicle shall not be equipped with a device that emits any illumination or radiation that is designed or used for the purpose of controlling official traffic control signals.