The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HSCO) in Florida is testing cruise lights on its patrol vehicles. Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a statement that this initiative aims to increase deputy visibility while patrolling communities and, in turn, deter crime.
When cruise lights are on, only red and blue lights on the left and right of the lightbar are illuminated. Cruise lights are always on, but they’re dimmer than emergency lights and do not flash.
“The main reason we're using cruise lights is because we want our community to know that our deputies are out there, being more visible, keeping their community safe,” Sheriff Chronister explained.
Cruise lights are a growing trend. The Gwinnett County Police Department in Georgia, Kauai Police Department in Hawaii, and Dayton Police Department in Ohio are just a few of the agencies that have incorporated cruise lights.