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Thread: Flashing third brake light?

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    @Ryan, I know this thread is ancient, but I recently did this on my P5 with this little gem from Amazon: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    This unit flashes 8 times: 4 fast, 4 slightly slower and then stays steady on until the brake pedal is released and depressed again.
    I looked up the wiring diagram for my hi mount stop light and found that it only draws about 5-6 watts so I decided to try it out. It works flawlessly and was fairly easy to install. I'll be getting another one for my wife's P5 soon so I can do a write-up on that if you're interested.

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    Some cops don't like flashing brake lights...

    Still a great idea though... Really draws attention.
    I like to tap my brake pedal before a turn to flash the brake lights.

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    In Australia, flashing (Adaptive) brake lights on modern cars are only for emergency stops i.e., when the ABS are activated. Illegal otherwise.

    What's the law in the US on this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JazzySP20 View Post
    In Australia, flashing (Adaptive) brake lights on modern cars are only for emergency stops i.e., when the ABS are activated. Illegal otherwise.

    What's the law in the US on this?
    Regarding stop lamps in Arizona, A.R.S 28-939 states that stop lamps must "Not project a glaring or dazzling light.", but I don't see anything regarding flashing stop lamps, whereas for things like turn signals it states they must flash. I will say I've seen multiple other vehicles with flashing hi-mount stop lamps, including some brand new vehicles where I believe it comes standard, and I've never seen or heard of anyone getting pulled over or cited for it. I've had police drive right behind me multiple times with it installed and haven't been pulled over for it (at least not yet anyway).
    Just my experiences.

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