PEORIA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - A Peoria rideshare driver is seeing red after police ticketed him in December for a blue aftermarket Uber sign and is fighting his $247 fine.

“[The officer] said he had a problem with the blue light,” said James Ferris, who drives for both Uber and Lyft. “He said it was an equipment violation and he was going to write me a citation.”

Ferris says he bought the sign last year on Amazon so he could be more visible to riders.

“I start early, around 5 o’clock in the morning. It’s real dark,” Ferris said. “This is a good way for the people, for the customer to see us as we’re coming up and they can know, hey, this is my Uber.”

Ferris says the sign worked well for about nine months until he was pulled over in Peoria. But the former San Diego Police officer says his sign isn’t breaking Arizona state law.

“28-947-B specifically states ‘red,’ followed by the words ‘or red and blue,’ which means red and blue combination, not blue standalone,” Ferris said.

But Peoria Police say they were in the right to cite Ferris.

“Very clearly in the statute it says the only allowable colors are white and amber in the front,” said Peoria Police Officer Brandon Sheffert.

Police say they also pulled Ferris over because he was speeding in a school zone, and are cracking down on his sign to avoid confusion.

“You’ve seen the news stories about impersonators out there. And obviously there’s people who don’t have that intention, but we don’t want anyone to ever be mistaken for that,” Sheffert said.

Still, Ferris says he’ll continue to fight, and is taking the issue to trial on Feb. 11.

“I believe I’m correct until the courts tell me otherwise,” Ferris said.

You can find the full state law detailing special restrictions on lamps here: https://www.azleg.gov/ars/28/00947.htm

 


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AZ Native

Fairandbalanced - And just where is the windshield if not at the front of the vehicle? It's certainly not on either side or back or the roof. Not sure what kind of vehicle you are driving!

Ihatepolitics

ARS §28-947 actually reads and does state; "Lights visible from the front of a vehicle shall be amber or white.";

B. A person shall not drive or move a vehicle or equipment on a highway with a lamp or device on the vehicle that is capable of displaying a red or red and blue light or lens visible from directly in front of the center of the vehicle. Lights visible from the front of a vehicle shall be amber or white. This section does not apply to either of the following:

1. An authorized emergency vehicle or a vehicle on which a red or red and blue light or lens visible from the front is expressly authorized or required by this chapter.

2. A fire engine that is solely used for hobby or display purposes and that has been issued a historic vehicle license plate pursuant to section 28-2484 if either of the following applies:

(a) The lights are covered and are not activated while a person is transporting or driving the vehicle to or from a parade, authorized assemblage of historic vehicles or test.

(b) The lights are activated only in a parade, for an authorized assemblage of historic vehicles or for testing purposes

MyOwnMind

cool. now they can start ticketing those idiots outlining their cars in neon.

youngjapskey

I agree that a blue light is not allowed on a vehicle, that is traditionally a "law enforcement only" color, and the ARS statute does prohibit it. However, a written warning to the driver might have been appropriate in this case.

nuusmaan

B. A person shall not drive or move a vehicle or equipment on a highway with a lamp or device on the vehicle that is capable of displaying a red or red and blue light or lens visible from directly in front of the center of the vehicle. Lights visible from the front of a vehicle shall be amber or white. This section does not apply to either of the following: (it goes on to talk about emergency and special-purpose vehicles)

The end.

sfr8

Uber just needs to die. Way more problems than it's worth.

Fairandbalanced

I feel the guy is in the right. The statute says white or Amber from the front of the car. The windshield is not the front of the car IMO.

Daddy

Sounds like the officer and the driver could both be right if what each of them is saying about the statutes is correct. Sounds like the statute needs to be updated and better written.

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