PORT ALLEN, La. (BRPROUD) – A lot of rain has fallen in the area over the last month.
With that rain has come accidents, flooding and more.
If you have to drive in the rain, the West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office is reminding drivers to not use their hazard lights.
WBRSO provided this explanation for why hazard lights should not be used during inclement weather:
As #Louisiana experiences heavy rains, WBRP Sheriff’s Office wants to remind motorists that hazard lights (flashers) should only be used if your vehicle is disabled in the roadway or on the shoulder. There is no need to use your flashers while driving in the rain.
Flashing hazard lights can make it difficult for other drivers to see turn signals or brake lights, or cause them to think you are stopped or stalled in the roadway. Furthermore, a car that is actually stalled with lights flashing may get hit by a driver who doesn’t anticipate proper breaking distance because they think the car is moving.
It is actually against the law to use your hazard lights when it is raining.
The law is spelled out below:
“Flashing lights are prohibited except on authorized emergency vehicles, school buses, or on any vehicle as a means of indicating a right or left turn, or the presence of a vehicular traffic hazard requiring unusual care in approaching, overtaking or passing.”