Some States Bid Goodbye to Hazard Lights; Do You Know if It’s Legal in Your State?

Hazard lights
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When the rain starts to pour, it’s a usual scenario for a driver to press the “red button on his car” and let the yellow blinking hazard lights on, whenever his car passes by the other. It is usually done as if to say “Hey I’m here” or “Hey stay safe”.

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But for the information of everyone, this action was banned in other states. For doing so, one will be charged more than $100. According to Sgt. Mark Wysocky, Florida Highway Patrol Spokesman, the hazard lights may mislead other drivers if used incorrectly.

Charged
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In addition to what he said, drivers may think they’re doing everybody a favor, but in reality, they’re creating confusion. To avoid possible charges and misconception of the said norm, he advises automobiles and motorist that if unfortunately rain happens, prefer to turn their headlights and windshield wipers on, be alert, and pay close attention to their surroundings.

Here are list of states and their rules, according to AAA.

  • Alabama: The use of hazard lights is permitted while driving unless otherwise posted.
  • Alaska: The use of hazard lights is not permitted while driving.
  • Arizona: Hazard light use is not permitted while driving except in an emergency situation.
  • Arkansas: Hazard light usage is not permitted while driving except to indicate a traffic hazard.
  • California: Hazard light use is not permitted while driving except to indicate a traffic hazard.
  • Connecticut: Hazard light use is permitted while driving unless otherwise posted.
  • Delaware: Hazard light use is not permitted while driving except to indicate a traffic hazard.
  • District of Columbia: Hazard light use is permitted while driving.
  • Florida: The use of hazard lights is not permitted while driving.
  • Georgia: The use of hazard lights is permitted while driving.
  • Hawaii: Hazard light use is not permitted while driving.
  • Idaho: Hazard light use is not permitted while driving except to indicate the presence of a vehicular traffic hazard requiring unusual care in approaching, overtaking or passing.
  • Illinois: The use of hazard lights is not permitted while driving.
  • Indiana: Hazard light use is not permitted while driving except in emergency situations.
  • Iowa: The use of hazard lights are not permitted while driving except to indicate a traffic hazard.
  • Kansas: Hazard light use is not permitted while driving.
  • Kentucky: Hazard light use is permitted while driving.
  • Louisiana: Hazard light use is not permitted while driving.
  • Maine: Hazard light use is not permitted while driving unless to indicate a traffic hazard.
  • Maryland: Hazard light use is not permitted while driving except in emergency situations.
  • Massachusetts: Hazard light use is not permitted while driving.
  • Michigan: Hazard light use is permitted while driving.
  • Minnesota: Hazard lights are not permitted while driving except to indicate a traffic hazard.
  • Mississippi: Hazard light usage is permitted while driving.
  • Missouri: Hazard light usage is permitted while driving.
  • Montana: Hazard lights are not permitted while driving except to indicate a traffic hazard.
  • Nebraska: Hazard light use is permitted while driving.
  • Nevada: Hazard light usage is not permitted while driving.
  • New Hampshire: Hazard light use is permitted while driving.
  • New Jersey: The use of hazard lights is permitted while driving.
  • New Mexico: Hazard light use is not permitted while driving.
  • New York: Hazard light use is permitted while driving unless otherwise posted.
  • North Carolina: Hazard light use is permitted while driving unless otherwise posted.
  • North Dakota: Hazard light use is permitted while driving unless otherwise posted.
  • Ohio: Hazard light use is not permitted while driving except when a hazardous condition is present.
  • Oklahoma: Hazard light use is not permitted while driving except in emergency situations and to indicate a traffic hazard.
  • Oregon: Hazard light use is permitted while driving unless otherwise posted.
  • Pennsylvania: Hazard light use is permitted while driving.
  • Rhode Island: Hazard light use is not permitted while driving.
  • South Carolina: Hazard lights may be used while driving for the purpose of warning the operators of other vehicles of the presence of a vehicular traffic hazard requiring the exercise of unusual care in approaching, overtaking or passing.
  • South Dakota: Hazard light use is permitted while driving.
  • Tennessee: Hazard light use is not permitted while driving except in emergency situations.
  • Texas: Hazard light use is permitted while driving.
  • Utah: Hazard light use is permitted while driving.
  • Vermont: Hazard light use is permitted while driving.
  • Virginia: Hazard light use is not permitted while driving except for emergency vehicles, stopped or slowed vehicles to indicate a traffic hazard, when traveling as part of a funeral procession, or traveling slower than 30 mph.
  • Washington: Hazard light use is not permitted while driving except to indicate a traffic hazard.
  • West Virginia: Hazard lights are not permitted while driving except in emergency situations.
  • Wisconsin: Hazard lights are not permitted while driving except to indicate a traffic hazard or when a hazardous condition is present.
  • Wyoming: Hazard light use is permitted while driving.