Re: What Third Brake Light Modifications Are Illegal
Just because your state may not have a specific law applying to your 3rd brake light, or modification of, dosen't mean you can go out an modify it. California is a classic example. They have regulations on two stop lamps and where they are positioned. No mention in CA state law about the 3rd brake lamp working. HOWEVER, it has been ruled in apellate court (I can't remember the specific case I'm thinking of) that someone driving a vehicle without an functioning third brake lamp in enough to warrant a stop by an officer. This is because there is federal regulations requiring a third brake lame to be installed by auto manufacturers on vehicles produced after a certian year. The court rulled that 24252(a) VC (Maintain required lighiting) covers the third brake lamp since federal law requires the third brake lamp.
PS, Brake lamps are red in color. Turn signals can be amber or red.
I'm a cop. My opinion does not reflect the views or opinion of my agency. That being said, "Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience."