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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 (41-50):
Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 6, 2014 at 9:55 AM

My dh never does. 

Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 6, 2014 at 9:58 AM
I'm a cop.Sooooooooo,yes! :D
kaysha
by Ruby Member on Feb. 6, 2014 at 10:00 AM
1 mom liked this
Yes I do.
couture-mommy
by Ruby Member on Feb. 6, 2014 at 10:00 AM
1 mom liked this
Yes I warn them
Teeshann
by Gold Member on Feb. 6, 2014 at 10:01 AM

nope. i hope they do get ticketed.

Sept-babies2
by Gold Member on Feb. 6, 2014 at 10:04 AM
1 mom liked this
Well if someone is speeding and could cause an accident no i don't. Here in nh we also flash headlights for deer or moose in the road. Once i did flash car for a cop that was on the side..and the car i flashed was another.cop. i was never pulled over but probably because i could have been warning of a deer.
gilbertgrl627
by Gold Member on Feb. 6, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Nope, I don't. If you want to be dumb enough to speed, then you deserve the ticket.

sharonrena
by on Feb. 6, 2014 at 10:10 AM

No

aiyess
by Gold Member on Feb. 6, 2014 at 10:13 AM
A lot of people don't even know what that means anymore.
othermom
by Ruby Member on Feb. 6, 2014 at 10:29 AM

no we don't

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