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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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by Emerald Member on Feb. 7, 2014 at 4:44 PM
Yes, I do. Sometimes people don't realize they are speeding or are having a bad day.
by on Feb. 7, 2014 at 5:22 PM
Ya it must be European countries and a British Columbia thing. I know hubby lived in Germany for years and they would have to warn you on the autobond that they were approaching since there is no set limits really.
Here in the us that doesn't seem to be common, but also grew up by the Canadian border and the Canadians do the flashing thing constantly when your in front of them. It's annoying as hell. To me there being bullies and last time I got over for a Canadian doing this to me his butt got pulled over! Lmao.

Quoting LovemyQ: Thought it was also a European thing, especially in Germany. but people in MIchigan do it all the time.Quoting Texasladybug84: That's a Canadian thing..

Quoting LovemyQ:

No because flashing your lights tells the person in front of you to get out of your way.

by Platinum Member on Feb. 7, 2014 at 5:23 PM

 lol yep and ive also made the siren motion with my hand over my head

by Gold Member on Feb. 7, 2014 at 5:24 PM

No. If someone is breaking the law, they deserve to be caught. 


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by Anonymous 51 on Feb. 7, 2014 at 5:46 PM
No I do not. It is seriously one of my biggest pet peeves. People are stupid enough to speed then they deserve what they get.
by Platinum Member on Feb. 7, 2014 at 5:47 PM


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