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Night Lights

A former member
Post #: 12
I met man that said the police told him they could take his bike if he didn't have lights on it. If it's the law that you must have lights, then I'm not going to argue with that. However, the punishment seems a little harsh. Does anyone know if the police can legally take a bike that does not have lights?
Carey R.
Group Organizer
Nashville, TN
Post #: 9
Headlights are required in Tennessee but I've never heard that a police officer would have authority to seize a vehicle, and a bicycle is a vehicle. I'll ask some lawyers. Here's the law.

55-8-177. Bicycle lamps and brakes -- Penalties.

(a) Every bicycle, when in use at nighttime, shall be equipped with a lamp on the front, which shall emit a white light visible from a distance of at least five hundred feet (500') to the front, and either a red reflector or a lamp emitting a red light, which shall be visible from a distance of at least five hundred feet (500') to the rear, when directly in front of lawful upper beams of head lamps on a motor vehicle.

(b) Every bicycle shall be equipped with a brake or brakes which will enable its driver to stop the bicycle within twenty-five feet (25') from a speed of ten miles per hour (10 mph) on dry, level, clean pavement.

(c) A violation of this section is a Class C misdemeanor.
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