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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
Replies (31-40):
Hannahluvsdogs
by Ruby Member on Feb. 6, 2014 at 9:52 AM

I used to but where I live now people don't know what that means. Here flashing your lights is only for signaling someone to pass you.

SoccerMomQuin
by Member on Feb. 6, 2014 at 9:52 AM

No I don't around here gangs will chase down people that flash their lights to warn them... its some horrible game they play. They will chase them down and run them off the road, sometimes they will shoot the persons in the vehicle after they wreck them. Also here it is still illegal.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 8 on Feb. 6, 2014 at 9:52 AM
No
nichole_erin
by Silver Member on Feb. 6, 2014 at 9:52 AM
Nope. It's your own business if you get caught doing wrong. If you're speeding you deserve the ticket, I'm not helping you out of it.
TheSilence
by Tá mé an mó on Feb. 6, 2014 at 9:53 AM
1 mom liked this
Around my town I do.
Sister_Someone
by Rachel on Feb. 6, 2014 at 9:53 AM
2 moms liked this

I do. I like to be notified when I'm about to drive into a speed trap, so I return the courtesy. 

Anonymous
by Anonymous 9 on Feb. 6, 2014 at 9:54 AM
Depends on the stretch of road I am on and if it's a speed trap or a check. If it's a check I don't warn anyone. If it's a back country road and it's just a speed trap then most times I will warn others
Cmgmqmmom
by on Feb. 6, 2014 at 9:54 AM

 No, it's not my job to worry about people speeding. If they are speeding enough to be pulled over, they deserve the ticket. Speeding is one of the most common ways people break the law daily and is also one of the main causes of accidents.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 10 on Feb. 6, 2014 at 9:54 AM
Not usually. Slow the hell down if you do not want a ticket. I.flash lights for animals in the road, accidents, etc. Cops? AMF-YOYO. LOL
momof2girls89
by Gold Member on Feb. 6, 2014 at 9:55 AM
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I do every time
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