Why you should never use your hazard lights while driving

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Motorists drive through a wintry mix of snow, sleet and rain, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Atlanta. The University of Georgia's Gwinnett campus delayed their opening while further west, the Cobb County school system canceled classes and weather forecasters predicted another round of winter weather for Wednesday. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

Why you should never use your hazard lights while driving

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David Tulis
Motorists drive through a wintry mix of snow, sleet and rain, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Atlanta. The University of Georgia's Gwinnett campus delayed their opening while further west, the Cobb County school system canceled classes and weather forecasters predicted another round of winter weather for Wednesday. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

A metro Atlanta police department is advising drivers to not use hazard lights while driving, even in the rain.

In Georgia, the use of hazard lights is permitted while driving statewide.

But the Johns Creek Police Department put out a call to Facebook this week urging drivers to not use their hazard lights while driving.

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Posted by Johns Creek Police Department on Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Johns Creek police warned that using hazard lights may actually signal to other drivers that you are stopped or stalled on the road, and the lights can reduce the ability to see if the vehicles ahead are braking.

Hazard lights also "turn off your ability to use your turn signals," the police department wrote in its Jan. 5 post.

Instead of using hazard lights while driving, consider not driving at all until road conditions improve.

"If you cannot see, pull over to a safe place and wait (until) driving conditions are better," the department wrote. "Your flashers should only be used while your vehicle is stopped or disabled on the roadway or shoulder. This is a sign for emergency services that someone is in need of assistance."

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