As part of the Hickory Police Department’s ongoing “Pay Attention in City Traffic” initiative, Officers will now use their solid blue cruiser lights as a way of deterring crime and increasing visibility on heavily traveled streets and roads.
Motorists do not need to stop or yield to patrol vehicles utilizing the solid lights during routine patrol. Officers will continue to activate flashing lights and sirens during emergency situations and traffic stops in which citizens are required to stop or yield the right of way.
The technique is an attempt to make Officers more visible to the citizens of Hickory. The initiative is intended to impart a sense of safety, deter crime, and allow citizens to quickly identify law enforcement.
The patrol cruiser light utilization has been initiated in other jurisdictions across the nation with positive responses and results. Hickory Police remind citizens if the blue light is solid, it’s routine business, no cause for concern, and there is no need to stop or yield.