Hazard Lights: Flashers & Florida Law

Posted on behalf of Gordon & Doner on Jul 16, 2013 in Auto Accidents

With so many residents coming from different parts of the states, it's no wonder that Florida drivers aren't quite clear on the use of hazard lights.

News Flash! Flashers are Only Legal for Parked Cars in Florida!

As reported by West Palm Beach's News Channel 5 and can be found with a quick Google search, hazard lights are not to be used in Florida unless a vehicle is stopped. The only exception is for automobiles being used in a funeral procession.

The recent rainy weather has created buzz among social media users on the topic of motorists who turn on their hazards while driving in the rain. A Florida Highway Patrol spokesperson clarified that flashers are only to be used in emergency situations when a vehicle is parked, according to Mollie Reynolds with channel 5.

According to the FHP spokesperson, "first responders look for flashers to see if someone needs help." Officials in law enforcement also say that the use of hazard lights can actually reduce visibility and increase risk if other drivers think that your vehicle has stopped or stalled. Social media commentors said that flashers make it difficult to distinguish if a driver is tapping the brakes or using a turn signal.

If visibility on the road has become so limited that you are unable to see, you should pull over into a parking lot or other safe area until weather improves.


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