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Rumor control: Display of vehicle hazard lights after 7 p.m.

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(DPS) — The Department of Public Safety has noticed an increase in the display of vehicle hazard lights during the 7 p.m. through 6 a.m. curfew. Following numerous traffic stops, operators stated that they were told by friends and family members that if they displayed their vehicle hazard lights while driving during curfew hours they would not be pulled over.

This is false.

The use of hazard lights during the curfew hours does not exempt the operator from the mandatory traffic stop by DPS officers. The mandatory traffic stop is conducted to adhere to the curfew mandate and to verify that only first responders, medical workers, law enforcement officers and private sector employees on duty are heading to or from work.

The public is reminded that only first responders, medical workers, law enforcement officers and private sector employees on duty within the curfew hours are the only ones allowed, on the island's roadways during the curfew hours.

Any person going to or returning from admission at the hospital or completion of medical treatment such as hemodialysis is excused as well.

Vehicle operators who violate this order will be subject to penalties provided under the law.

DPS would like to remind members of the public to carry their credentials when diving on the island's roadways. Officers will be making on-the-spot verification for individuals stating that they are heading to or have just clocked out of work during the implemented curfew hours.

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