Traffic Tip: All vehicles must have brake lights

Back brake lights that are visible in sunlight are required on all vehicles.

Two brake lights, also called stop lamps, are also required on trailers, semitrailers and pole trailers.

Why are we talking about this code this week?

I've seen a lot of custom vehicles around town with the tail lights and/or brake lights "blacked out" or painted the same color as the vehicle.

It is OK to do this as long as the stop lamps emit a red- or amber-colored light and are visible in normal sunlight from at least 300 feet away. This is the important part.

If someone can't see your brake lights because they are customized and a crash occurs, you could be found at fault.

For more information on this law, see the Texas Transportation Code 547.323.

The Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit invites residents to inform us of any traffic issues that you observe. The easiest way to do this is go to our website, victoriapd.com, then go to the VPD Customer Service Request tab in the center of the page and follow the directions.

If you have a traffic law question, contact Senior Police Officer David Brogger, Victoria Po lice Department Traffic Safety Unit, 361-485-3700