Here in Florida, it rains. A lot. Some times it rains so much that it becomes difficult to see clearly while driving. Enter those drivers who insist on using their “hazard” lights or “flashers” while simultaneously driving 30 miles an hour under the posted speed limit.
However, per Florida Statute, 316.2397(7), “flashing lights are prohibited on vehicles except … to indicated that the vehicle is lawfully stopped or disabled upon a highway.” This is because hazard lights are designed to let other drivers know that your vehicle is not working, not to let other driver know its raining. If you feel it is unsafe to drive your vehicle in the rain, the best advice is to pull over and wait for it to pass.
So remember, next time those heavy Florida rains come around, try to not only annoy your fellow drivers, but to follow the law. Otherwise, you risk a ticket.
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