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Car shop owner says headlight ban will only bring in more customers

A new law banning colored lights on vehicles will take effect starting July 1st.

Posted: Jun. 14, 2018 6:33 PM
Updated: Jun. 14, 2018 6:33 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)-- A new law banning colored lights on vehicles will take effect next month. Starting July 1st. Vehicles with colored trim around the headlights or underneath the car will be a violation of the new law.

Proformance Sound & Graphics owner Kevin Critser has his car decked out with these lights.


"I install it, I use it, and a lot of my customers they use them as well too," said Critser.

According to him, the new law banning colored lights around headlights and underneath vehicles will only bring in more customers.

"When there is an increase on a certain type of lighting, the demand goes up."

Indiana Police Sergeant Kim Riley said he pulls people over for intimidating officers. The intent of the law is to prevent drivers from confusing emergency vehicles with regular cars.

"I have reports of people using those lights to flash back and forth to try to get people out of their way," Riley said. "People will get over thinking it's a police car and then here comes mom and her minivan through."

Now that statement changed Critser's mind.

"Imitating a police officer and having cool colors underneath your car would be two different things," said Crister.

Critser thinks having some kind of light underneath cars would actually help drivers stay aware.

"To have that extra assurance to have those lights underneath your car, when you're driving at night, it definitely keeps the other vehicles away from you."

Instead of banning the lights completely, he thinks making some adjustments would work better for everyone.

"As long as they're used properly and installed properly, there isn't an issue."

State police said if underbody lights are visible from the front or back of the car they could result in a ticket.

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