By Jessie R. Box
Greene Publishing, Inc.
It is summertime in Florida and with that comes the afternoon showers. A trend where people, who are driving in the rain, drive with the hazard lights on has started. The action of turning on the hazard lights and driving down the road is unlawful in Florida. According to Chapter 316 of the Florida Statutes, flashing lights are prohibited except as a means of indicating a right or left turn, to change lanes or to indicate that the vehicle is lawfully stopped or disabled upon the highway. With the hazard lights on in rain, it can be difficult for drivers to tell if the vehicle ahead is stopping due to the brake lights flashing. The hazard lights also disable the turn signals so drivers are unaware if the vehicle ahead is going to turn or change lanes. This could potentially cause accidents. Next time the rain starts, remember do not turn on the hazard lights. Simply turn on the vehicle’s headlights so the vehicle can be visible to other drivers.