Camaraderie between motorists is never more apparent than when oncoming vehicles flash their headlights in an attempt to warn others of upcoming mobile speed traps. It has however, been deemed illegal with some police forces categorising it as perverting the course of justice.
In Florida, a motorist has had his ticket successfully overturned for such an offence after taking the issuer to court. The driver claimed, successfully, that the prosecution was in breech of the US Constitution’s First Amendment, which prohibits the making of any law that abridges the freedom of speech.
This has not stopped Florida Highway Patrol issuing tickets for more than 10,000 offences in the same vein. The other side of the argument is that this is deemed as “undue use of headlights” and a ticket is valid.
We think it’s probably better to invest in a speed camera detector so there’s no need to look out for flashing headlights.