Maryland Limits Auxiliary Motorcycle Lights

The Governor of Maryland, last week, signed into law, Senate Bill 713, which limits the use of auxiliary motorcycle lighting. This law was...

The Governor of Maryland, last week, signed into law, Senate Bill 713, which limits the use of auxiliary motorcycle lighting.

This law was designed to address those colored LED pods and strips that folks like to use to shine light on their engines, as well as "blue dot illumination".

To the best I could research, there previously were no laws on auxiliary lights and blue dot illumination, allowing motorcycle riders in Maryland to ride with them as freely as they pleased.

The law now says that these lights cannot blink, flash, or oscillate, and may be only be directed towards the engine and drive train. The law specifically prohibits them on wheels, which will force some Goldwing owners to remove them from their wheels. In addition, these lights cannot be blue or red.

The law also allows for "blue dot illumination", which is the tiny blue light that people embed into the tail lights. The exception is that the blue dot may only be added to, or adjacent to, the tail light, and cannot exceed 3/4 inch in diameter.

The law goes into effect, June 1, 2008.

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