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Do you flash your lights to other cars when you see a cop in a speed trap?

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Warning Fellow Drivers of Speed Traps Shouldn't Be a Crime

by Jenny Erikson

Police in Ellisville, Missouri, are no longer allowed to ticket good Samaritans warning fellow travelers of upcoming speed traps, thanks to an order from a U.S. District Court judge.

It seems that a man was issued a citation in 2012 for “obstructing justice” by flashing his headlights to alert other drivers to the presence of a speed trap. The charges were eventually dropped, and the police chief warned his officers to stop giving tickets of this nature, but the ACLU stepped in to make sure the ordinance is taken off the books for good.

It seems there are lots of places around the country that have laws against people warning others of speed traps. A man in Texas was in court last month battling a similar ticket for holding a sign reading, “Police ahead.”

I don’t normally side with the ACLU, but they have my full-fledged support in this matter. It’s not only ridiculous, but an infringement on our right to free speech to make it illegal to warn others of cops with radar guns sitting around bends in roads with ridiculously low speed limits.

Besides, if law enforcement is really just concerned with keeping roadways safe, then they should be happy that more people are slowing down and driving more cautiously. Who cares what made them slow down? Oh, it must be about money. That doesn’t inspire much confidence, does it?

Flashing your headlights to other cars as a way to warn others about a speed trap is just the right thing to do. Only a jerk would want complete strangers in another vehicle to get a ticket. It’s not an obstruction of justice -- it’s the kind thing to do.

Do you flash your lights to other cars when you see a cop in a speed trap?

by on Feb. 6, 2014 at 9:31 AM
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MellowMum330
by Bronze Member on Feb. 6, 2014 at 9:44 AM
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Yes

sillytroll
by Teehee on Feb. 6, 2014 at 9:46 AM
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Yes, I do. I also flash my lights to warn other drivers of deers, dogs, animals in the road. I'm in Ohio so it's normally just deers. I realized the other morning that a lot of drivers have no idea that flashing of lights also means deers are in the road ahead of them. :( I thought everyone knew that. They ended up in a ditch dodging a deer. Luckily she didn't hit the deer and their car was fine. Yeah, had no idea a person could get a ticket for warning someone else that cops were ahead.

stykir
by Gold Member on Feb. 6, 2014 at 9:47 AM
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i've done it occasionally and had it done to me. more often though, i flash my lights to warn people of like...deer or a tractor in the road. we don't see as many speed traps as we do deer lol!

nova.mommy
by Silver Member on Feb. 6, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Sometimes.  Depends a lot on the location, if there are cars in front of me in my lane, the time of day or if I am fending a question/comment from my kids.  Most of the speed traps around here that I see are on divided roadways and by the time the next oncoming car is there, our roads are far enough apart or on different levels so a flash would not be seen anyway.

Ms.Pteranodon
by Platinum Member on Feb. 6, 2014 at 9:49 AM
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Yes I flash my lights.
Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 6, 2014 at 9:49 AM
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Yes, I do it for more than speed traps though. It's a warning to be cautious to my fellow divers.

Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 6, 2014 at 9:49 AM
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Sometimes. I drive the same way to work everyday. I know where they sit and one day had a lady behind me. I gradually slowed down(did not slam on the brakes or anything) she flew around me and flipped me off, I assume for making her cut her cruise control. Other side of the overpass, there was the state police and she got pulled over. I hope he gave her a ticket. I just laughed.
Prissy_Gurl
by Silver Member on Feb. 6, 2014 at 9:50 AM
No
Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 6, 2014 at 9:51 AM
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Yes I do. And I don't speed. But it's wrong to entrap people. Especially when the speed sign is obscured by ivy or a tree.
SparklingHope
by Bronze Member on Feb. 6, 2014 at 9:51 AM

No, I've never seen that done or have paid attention I guess. I just drive how I'm suppose to drive while keeping a look out for what I'm suppose to. 

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