Hazard Light Rainbows and Florida Law.
In Miami, hazard lights seem to herald the forthcoming of the rainy season. Thus, the next several months may force motorists to confront mother nature’s menacing downpours in many ways. But the biggest threat doesn’t come from pouring rains or flooded streets, but from the colorful spectrum of lights from panicky motorists caught driving in stormy weather. While the misconception that hitting your hazard lights provides a dose of 360 degree safety, it in fact adds to the dangers of you being struck by another vehicle, as hazard lights reduce visibility and mean that a car is pulled over. As if braving poor visibility and slippery streets weren’t enough, the State of Florida has a Hazard Light Law, and motorists better beware of the $129 fine. In Florida, as in many states, it is illegal for drivers to turn on their hazards lights while in motion, especially in the rain. Despite the need for laws having to be enforced to compensate for lack of common sense, hazard lights are intended to be used in the event of a road emergency. Thus, applying hazard lights while driving, especially at slow speeds, could be easily misinterpreted or distracting to another driver. Unless used in the event of an accident, driving in the rain doesn’t constitute as a road emergency. In layman’s terms, just because a motorist is in a state of panic or in need of a sense of added safety to prevent an accident, he or she may get a ticket for hitting their hazards lights while driving in the rain.
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