ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota House of Representatives Thursday approved a bill that will provide increased safety options for police, fire and ambulance personnel. The bill eliminates the ban on blue lights displayed to the front on emergency vehicles.
"Flashing blue lights are more visible, and they allow for greater safety in emergency situations," Rep. Dale Walz, R-Brainerd, said in a news release. "Giving emergency personnel this tool will make it safer for them and the public when emergency situations arise."
Currently blue lights flashing to the front are only allowed on snowplows and other road maintenance equipment.
"Blue lights were put on snowplows because they're more visible in snow and fog," Walz said. "There is no reason why our emergency vehicles shouldn't be allowed that same high visibility."
The bill was approved unanimously in the House of Representatives.
The Senate has a similar bill but has not acted upon it.
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