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Poll: Do you respond code 3 with highbeams on?

Me2_max50

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Posted over 3 years ago

 

I have rode with several different deputies during the night hours, and I noticed that while responding code 3 to a call, in town or on the highway, some drove with their highbeams on and some did not. I understand the logic in it, to see farther, make yourself more visible, possibly make people pull over while farther away (maybe) and at high speeds you can see farther just and you can possible react faster or safer. I also understand why you wouldn't, don't have time, policy, forget etc.


ANYWAYS, do you run code 3 with your highbeams on? What are your thoughts?


And I am assuming we all know what code 3 is. Emergency responce, lights and siren just in case you didn't know.

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I work in a city so I never use my high beams.  And it would make no difference anyway becuase I have wigwags.  That means my headlights flash from bright to dim- bright to dim-  when I activate my red and blue lights.  Wig wags can be seen better than red and blues both day and night.

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I never used high beams.

Th_germanshepard_max50

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wig wags well, now white strobes.


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Wredcedar_max50

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Low beams, if it is a traffic stop, I will switch to high beams once the suspect vehicle and the patrol car are stopped.

Me2_max50

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Oh I forgot about wig wags! Agencies in my area don't have those so I forget about them. But thank you for the replies!

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We have wig wags.

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I use wig wags and enough blue LED lights to make my car visible from the International Space Station. Plus two sirens, so I can run two different siren tones.


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My Unit was originally intended for the Traffic Enforcement Team, so it's outfitted with 14 strobes, and, like mpd said, enough lights to contact ET. I don't have an issue with being seen. I never use High Beams either.

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Our agency has wig wags as well.  I think for those who don't have wig wags it would depend on the area, weather, etc.


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Me2_max50

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mpd_943 says ...



I use wig wags and enough blue LED lights to make my car visible from the International Space Station. Plus two sirens, so I can run two different siren tones.



I have never heard of using two sirens together but thats a good idea especially during the day time I would imagine. Thanks for the reply!

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mpd_943 says ...



I use wig wags and enough blue LED lights to make my car visible from the International Space Station. Plus two sirens, so I can run two different siren tones.



I have never heard of using two sirens together but thats a good idea especially during the day time I would imagine. Thanks for the reply!

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BSL1123 says ...



My Unit was originally intended for the Traffic Enforcement Team, so it's outfitted with 14 strobes, and, like mpd said, enough lights to contact ET. I don't have an issue with being seen. I never use High Beams either.



Thanks for the reply! And nice lloking Tahoe too!

Carbon_motors_connect_max50

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Well the only argument AGAINST using high beams while code 3 is it might blind oncomin drivers, on top of the various other lights from a police cruiser. Who knows.


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Never use high beams while on patrol and it wouldn't matter anyway when I responded code because I have wigwags that over ride my high beams and will run only on low.

One_ass_to_risk_max50

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It all depends on where I am at and what traffic is like. Our overheads are blue LED with flashing white center lights and side lights, but sometimes I will leave them on and then sometimes I leave the dim on.

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BSL1123 says ...



My Unit was originally intended for the Traffic Enforcement Team, so it's outfitted with 14 strobes, and, like mpd said, enough lights to contact ET. I don't have an issue with being seen. I never use High Beams either.



I am soooooo jealous I could cry! The BEST I ever had was a visibar with the little rotating lights and mirrors! Before that was two revolving lights on the roof that turned fairly slowly and before that just one center flashing light and even one steady glowing red light on the roof! We also did not have any wig-wags so we would just flash our high-beams on and off when we could.


On my Motor I had two blue lights in the fairing that blinked and a small revolving teardrop light behind me. No wonder I got creamed while running code 3!

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 We have wig wags too. Depends on the situation. Although I wont use my highbeams, I might flash my takedowns ahead to let the drivers with head up tail syndrome know Im coming.

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Wig-wags and strobes. Take down lights on the lightbar and the spotlight  take care of lighting them up after the stop.


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1979_max50

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We also used to use our spotlight when running code and we would shine it back and forth at other vehicles we though might not be noticing us. Pretty old school but we did what we had to to be noticed whenever we could and however we could.


I am a HUGE believer in lights and noise!

Me2_max50

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Robocop33 says ...



We also used to use our spotlight when running code and we would shine it back and forth at other vehicles we though might not be noticing us. Pretty old school but we did what we had to to be noticed whenever we could and however we could.


I am a HUGE believer in lights and noise!



Haha thanks for the reply! I am also a fan of lights and noise! :)

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We have wigwags, no need for highbeams as that might present a public safety issue, especially on 2 lane highways. Now on second thought maybe we should use highbeams for the people who travel in the left hand lane and assume they own it.


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we also have wigwags. so the answe is yes and no. lol depending on what headlight is on highbeam.....


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Strauss_2008-1_max50

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Back in the day when I did this I was trained not to use high beams while code 3. The rationale? Lights and sirens should wake up the living. High beams may temporarily blind traffic in the oncoming lane making them MORE of a hazard to me.

Pro_max50

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At another Department I was with, it was Department Policy, but they aren't useful.   You are better off using low beams because people can't see your red and blues if your high beams are on.  Wayy too distracting.



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I generally understood the greater threat on the road is the other drivers, not my own driving. I never ran code 3 with my high beams on so i didnt  further impair the ability of the other drivers on the road.  Also to not take from the effect of my overhead lights. Good topic.

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mpd_943 says ...



I use wig wags and enough blue LED lights to make my car visible from the International Space Station. Plus two sirens, so I can run two different siren tones.



Copy that MPD_943. We see you every time we pass over Mobile, AL from the International Space Station. Stay safe.


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Sf_max50

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Wig wags suffice


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Me2_max50

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SStrauss says ...



mpd_943 says ...



I use wig wags and enough blue LED lights to make my car visible from the International Space Station. Plus two sirens, so I can run two different siren tones.



Copy that MPD_943. We see you every time we pass over Mobile, AL from the International Space Station. Stay safe.


The NASA Astronauts.



HAHAHAHA THATS SO FUNNY AND COOL AT THE SAME TIME!

Koda_thanksgiving_max50

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I never use my highbeams for traffic stops, I find that it drowns out my grill and mirror strobes and the spot light usually does the trick.  But other than that in the daytime I use Wig Wags and in nighttime I just use regular headlights. 

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