Drivers in Gwinnett who notice police cars with non-flashing blue lights on the ends of the vehicles’ rooftop light bar do not need to worry about an emergency — the lights are intended to show a police presence and add to an officer’s visibility.
On Thursday, the Gwinnett County Police Department announced that it is “joining the growing number of police departments throughout the U.S. that are using their ‘cruise lights’ more and more.”
“Cruise lights are non-flashing blue lights mounted on the top of the vehicle in the light bar,” a news release said. “Many officers use them while performing area checks of neighborhoods, commercial areas, and retail establishments.”
The lights, the department said, are used “to bring a level of comfort to the community that police officers are in the area and are “here if you need us. For those traveling in front of an officer with cruise lights, you do not need to pull over.”
Cruise lights are not used to perform traffic stops; the blue lights that indicate a traffic stop are flashing, the department said.
Gwinnett County Police Department patrol cars have flashing blue and red lights, which will flash from the light bar, bumpers, headlights and taillights.
The use of the cruise lights are at the officer’s and supervisor’s discretion.