Coleman, OK asked in Criminal Law for Oklahoma

Q: In Oklahoma what laws say when a cop can use their spotlights??

We have had county laws sit at a 4 way stop every night almost for over 2 months spotlighting every car that comes through that stop. Blinding some drivers.

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David A. Cincotta
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Licensed in Oklahoma

A: The provision of Oklahoma law dealing with the use of spot lamps does not apply to law enforcement vehicles.

See Section 12-217 of Title 47. Subsection C states:

"The operator of any motor vehicle:

1. Which has in use a spot lamp shall, upon the approach of another vehicle from any direction within one thousand (1,000) feet, immediately turn said spot lamp off;

2. Shall not use or turn on a spot lamp when approaching or following another motor vehicle within one thousand (1,000) feet; and

3. Shall not use or turn on a spot lamp to cause a vehicle to yield right-of-way or stop.

The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to operators of authorized emergency vehicles."

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