Florida is contemplating a wild new legislation that goes towards every part many people have been taught. It’s contemplating permitting drivers the power to activate their flashers, or hazard lights, in heavy rain.
Now, most of us most likely realized that it is a unhealthy thought. Hazard lights are often reserved for automobiles stopped on the facet of the street—and even on the street correct—so you already know they’re there and may decelerate or keep away from them. However Governor Ron DeSantis may signal a brand new piece of laws that may will let you use your flashers when driving at freeway speeds of 55 mph or extra, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
In Florida, lots of people ignore the legislation that states solely stopped automobiles—or funeral processions—can use their flashers within the rain. Apparently, the response right here is to not preserve the legislation that promotes protected driving however to thoroughly change it.
To make use of the flashes at freeway speeds causes a number of different issues. For one, it’s distracting as hell to have a ton of flashing lights going off throughout you. I noticed some of us retweeting the article from the Orlando Sentinel to state that race automobiles use flashing lights within the rain, however freeway drivers mustn’t ever be thought of race automotive drivers. Ever.
Then there’s the truth that most automobiles use the identical bulbs to energy the flashers as they do flip indicators. So, if all these individuals have their flashers going off, you’re not going to have the ability to inform who’s merging, altering lanes, or exiting highways. There’s no technique to choose different drivers’ intents.
After all, it additionally presents issues for stopped automobiles, since you might not be capable of inform if a automotive is stopped or simply driving slowly in a lane. Nervous drivers or individuals carrying unsteady or heavy hundreds usually use their flashers within the rain to let different drivers know they’re touring at drastically totally different speeds than the remainder of site visitors. If everyone seems to be utilizing their flashers, you’re not going to have the ability to distinguish between somebody going freeway speeds and somebody going suburb speeds.
And this all neglects the truth that, if the rain is so unhealthy you assume you want flashers to drive freeway speeds, you’re going means too quick already. Particularly in a spot like Florida, the place cloudbursts are frequent however can usually be fairly brief.
I’ve but to see a convincing argument for permitting flashers, apart from the truth that individuals do it anyway so simply letting them do it could reduce down on pointless policing. However should you’re on that facet of the fence, please attempt to persuade me. I would like to grasp.