No law requiring use of headlights in the rain

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
driving.

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.

1 COMMENT

  1. It’s so funny that I just happened to be biting my teeth the other morning driving to work for the very same thing I just came across now.

    I barely could see the road with the down pour that was hitting the island. The speed coming out of WB heading towards town is 40mph and I couldn’t go no more than 30mph because its just to dangerous. Anyone would be crazy, and let me just put it out but there are plenty of crazy people out there. Anyways, I got a huge surprise as I was coming around the corner by the London House. The other lane was flooded and all of a sudden I came head on and barely avoided a head on collision with a car that was half in my lane all, just because he wanted to avoid the water. When did I see him? About 10 meters in front of me. Why didnt I see him sooner? Because he didnt have his lights on. I very well could be texting this from the hospital if I didnt react fast enough. Further up the road I passed about another 20-25 cars in a 4 mile distance with no lights on. Everyone single one I flashed my lights at and some got the idea to turn their lights on but no where enough actually did. It was extremely hard to notice these cars in the down pour that we had. Vehicles with their headlights on were not an issue at all.

    Honestly its been almost 5 years that I am here now and everyday someone still surprises me with the way they drive on this island. I am dumbfounded that there are so few accidents out there, or at least from what I see first hand. It will never matter the conditions as people will still drive like its the perfect day. Of course the wet weather is not the only concern out there so for now but we can just add it to the list along side of driving with no lights at night, driving with high beams on, not signaling, not yeilding and the list goes on really.

    It’s only going to take something serious to happen before the law is changed. Why can’t we be proactive in protecting the lives of us all? We need to be one step ahead these days yet we are in the 21st century and still have plenty to learn.

    In the mean time drive Safe!

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