A Letter From Our President: Misuse of Emergency Lights

Hello Fellow CTTA Members,

Some of you may be aware that I am not only the President of this great association, but I also hold a position on the Survivor Fund and the Wall of the Fallen.

Yesterday was one of those days where I had to reach out to a company owner and express my thoughts and prayers as he had just had a driver hit and killed. After that call, I got to thinking about what we can do to stop this senseless act of our drivers being hit. Of course, there are all of the regular things we talk about like “slow down, move over,” distracted driving, and so on. But then it dawned on me that there is something all owners can do to help ourselves and our peers:


I see tow trucks running around town with the lights on. Yes, they forgot to turn them off; but the question is: Were they required to be used to begin with, in a parking lot for a tire change? I think not.

The motoring public is becoming more and more immune to our lights as time goes on. Why, you may ask? Because they are amber, and all of the construction companies and landscape companies use them…. and they forget to turn them off also.

We talk in our training classes about the use of emergency lighting, and it is obvious that the students need more training on when to use the lights and when not to. So, I am asking you as owners to please have a conversation with your drivers and stop the misuse of emergency lights. It may save a life.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to the betterment of our industry.


Quinn Piening

CTTA President