New legislation signed into law earlier this week closes a loophole to allow emergency vehicles associated with an ambulance corps to use blue emergency lights on the rear of their vehicles.
The previous law only allowed fire and police emergency vehicles to use the more modern and safer blue lights.
The bill, sponsored by Assemb. Robert Sweeney (D-Lindenhurst) and Sen. Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola), was signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.
The lights, which are easier to see at a distance, allow drivers to see more clearly an emergency vehicle stopped on the side of the road. The law allows for any combination of red, white and blue lights on the back of the emergency vehicle. Suffolk County police are in the process of switching from the red and white to the blue lights.
Most ambulances in Nassau County are part of a police or fire department, but in Suffolk there are 27 separate ambulance companies that were not covered before the law was amended.