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When Custom Lighting Goes Too Far

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Christmas lights earn man $300 ticket

This lighting display on an F-350 Super Duty in Wichita, KS earned its owner, the head of a local charity, a $300 ticket and a lot of publicity on the local news. (Photo courtesy KSNW.)

You’ve no doubt seen cars with custom lighting, such as the neon “underbody” lights popular with some segments of car culture. What you may not have seen is a rolling Christmas light extravaganza that, in the eyes of at least one Wichita, KS police officer, went too far.

According to the local NBC affiliate, David Hill decorated his Ford F-350 Super Duty in several hundred Christmas lights powered by an 8,000-watt generator in the bed of the truck. The truck was being used to bring attention to Hill’s charity, which seeks to clothe and feed the homeless.

Police ticketed Hill $300 for the custom lighting display, calling it a “safety issue” and saying it was only a matter of time before the truck distracted other motorists to the point that one of them becomes involved in a crash. In part, the ticket was for illegal display of red and/or blue lights on the vehicle– something that by local ordinance only emergency services vehicles can display.

Hill, who seemed happy to get the publicity the ticket has brought to his charity, said, “If you see this thing coming down the road and think it’s an emergency vehicle, you might want to check your sanity.”

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