After heavy rain across some of our southern counties Sunday, there was discussion in the newsroom about the legality of using your hazard lights when you deem road conditions unsafe due to weather.
To some, using your hazards is a perfectly good idea because it’s a precaution while driving.
But to others, using hazards makes the driver one.
We verified, is pushing the hazard button in your car illegal?
Sgt. Kevin Pope from Georgia Highway Patrol says it’s legal.
"In Georgia, it is not illegal. There are certain states that prohibit you from driving with your hazard lights on, but Georgia is not one of them."
Despite being legal, Pope says it’s not the safest choice to make.
"When you have your hazard lights on, your turn signals don't work, so both tail lights are flashing, and you're not able to use your turn signal to change lanes,” said Pope.
So, where is it legal and not? Here is a list taken from AAA:
Alabama -- unless otherwise posted
Connecticut -- unless otherwise posted
District of Columbia
New York -- unless otherwise posted
North Carolina -- unless otherwise posted
North Dakota -- unless otherwise posted
Oregon -- unless otherwise posted
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