Police lights?

Why do some states/jurisdictions have reds and blues for their police force, while others have blues *only* or, in New York’s case, reds and whites? Wouldn’t it be better to make things more uniform and have the same color lights across the country?

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  • Bruce
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The color of the lights is determined by state law and department policy. You are required to yield to any emergency vehicle, so the color is irrelevant. Red and blue are most popular because they are on the opposite ends of the visible spectrum. That helps in inclement weather and with people that are partially color blind. 

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  • 1 month ago

    It helps differentiate neighboring police departments. The color used often denotes that municipality's population.

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  • 1 month ago

    probably cause everyplace is different

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