Flooding and potentially hazardous
traffic conditions inevitably follow heavy rain in the tropical storm and
hurricane season on Grand Cayman.
According to the Cayman Islands
Department of Vehicle & Drivers’ Licensing, there are currently no laws
regarding headlight use for vehicles being driven in inclement weather.
In contrast, in Florida, there are
specific rules of the road when weather conditions could potentially impair
The 2010 Florida Statute 316.217
under the Motor Vehicles’ State Uniform Traffic Control Chapter states that
lighted lamps are required during any rain, smoke or fog.
Headlights are also required in
Florida — and most of the US — at any time from sunset to sunrise, including
twilight hours. Twilight hours are
described as the time between sunset and full night or between full night and
sunrise, with any violation of the Florida statute being a noncriminal traffic
infraction, punishable as a moving violation.
The Royal Cayman Islands Police
Service neither advises for or against drivers using headlights on in the rain.
“Some people put them
on, some people don’t,” said an RCIP traffic officer. “In squall conditions, it’s best to put them
on.” Using headlights while driving in the rain helps drivers see others, and
it assists in others’ visibilityof your vehicle.