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Old 12-18-2018, 11:11 PM   #1
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Flashing LED red light on backpack while riding motorcycle?

Is this illegal on a motorcycle, ie the ones like the cyclists use? I bought a new moto backpack today and this thought crossed my mind. These LED lights now are very conspicuous.

And what about the non-flashing ones, just a red light?
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Old 12-19-2018, 12:54 AM   #2
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The CVC doesn't cover lights on clothing, or lights worn on people. It only covers lights installed on vehicles, regulating what is required and what is prohibited. It shouldn't be a problem wearing a red light on the rear of a backpack. It would seem to be legal.
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Old 12-19-2018, 08:39 AM   #3
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So I could put red and blue forward facing lights on my helmet, and it wouldn't be illegal? Obviously I'm not dumb enough to do it.
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Old 12-19-2018, 09:18 AM   #4
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maybe that is another type of code violation, like impersonation...
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LED or strip lights on a helmet/motorcycle

Hey, y'all.

Thanks in advance to all the LEO's out there helping make the world around us a slightly better and safer place each day.

On to the question!!!

I just saw a video about a guy using strip lights to modify a motorcycle helmet to look a bit like the lighting effect in the TRON movies.

VIDEO HERE

Is such a thing legal here in CA and if so, what limitations apply to both the helmet and the motorcycle???

Here is the link to the product in question.

https://www.lightmodehelmets.com/s-kits
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The CVC doesn't cover lights on clothing, or lights worn on people. It only covers lights installed on vehicles, regulating what is required and what is prohibited. It shouldn't be a problem wearing a red light on the rear of a backpack. It would seem to be legal.
I would argue that the rider becomes part of the motorcycle when mounted on the moto.. Same reason a headlamp is ok for a bicyclist to wear on his/her head when the VC say the “bicycle must be equipped...”
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Old 01-11-2019, 03:48 PM   #8
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I would argue that the rider becomes part of the motorcycle when mounted on the moto.. Same reason a headlamp is ok for a bicyclist to wear on his/her head when the VC say the “bicycle must be equipped...”
Really?

Because I'd argue that a bicyclist riding with only a helmet light, and no light affixed to the front of the bicycle, is in violation of the vehicle code and can be stopped / cited for that. For one thing, the light is not always pointed forward if on a helmet, like it is on the handlebars.
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Because I'd argue that a bicyclist riding with only a helmet light, and no light affixed to the front of the bicycle, is in violation of the vehicle code and can be stopped / cited for that. For one thing, the light is not always pointed forward if on a helmet, like it is on the handlebars.
Or the old “crankster holding a flashlight in their hands like it’s mounted to the handlebars because they know what’s up “
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Really?

Because I'd argue that a bicyclist riding with only a helmet light, and no light affixed to the front of the bicycle, is in violation of the vehicle code and can be stopped / cited for that. For one thing, the light is not always pointed forward if on a helmet, like it is on the handlebars.
I thought I remembered case law regarding headlamps being acceptable, but I can’t find it now. You might be right.
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Old 01-17-2019, 04:51 PM   #11
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I remember asking this exact same question when Tron Legacy came out. I recalled one of the Mods said that the only outfit you couldn't get in trouble for was Clu's because his lights are yellow.
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Old 01-20-2019, 01:06 PM   #12
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I'm not a leo but I believe a red cyclist light would be allowed if it was not flashing.
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Old 01-25-2019, 12:34 AM   #13
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I did get pulled over in my Tron suit on Halloween and the officer complimented me on my cool costume but that I had to turn off the led lights on my body to continue riding.

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This sounds like a surefire way to get a new law written...
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Old 01-25-2019, 11:28 AM   #15
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Being seen at night is important, but drawing undue attention in traffic and cause fixation from other drivers is not good.

I saw a rider last night with some kind of light mounted on top of his helmet from behind. There seemed to be two small bulbs, which appeared to come off and on, got brighter and dimmer, or blinked in sequence from right to left. I couldn’t quite understand the meaning of the changing light patterns. I wasn’t sure about the color of the lights either – they looked somewhat washed out, like a brake light with a broken lens from a distance. The bike also had a metal top box with reflective tapes across the top of the box.

The whole effect was a little bizarre, like watching a moving Christmas tree on the freeway, with small, randomly blinking lights on top. I found myself staring and fixated on that helmet light, and due to its height and movement it sort of blended in with lights from other vehicles farther up ahead. It was disorienting and I lost spatial awareness of the dark surroundings momentarily – not good.
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