It’s Legal to Flash Headlights to Warn of Radar Trap
Have you ever flashed your headlights to let other drivers know about a speed trap? I have to admit that I've done it. For ages, it's been known that you can get a ticket for doing it, yet many people did it anyway as a sort of courtesy.
Well, guess what? A Federal judge has ruled that is protected under the First Amendment!
The case took place in Missouri when a man by the name of Michael Elli flashed his lights to warn other drivers. He was ticketed for the offense and faced a fine of of almost $ 1,000 and would also get points on his licenses.
The case against Elli was eventually dropped, but the ACLU took the case to Federal Court where U.S. District Judge Henry E. Autrey ruled that the action was supported under the First Amendment right to free Speech.
It's a pretty minor thing, granted. Just wanted to let you know that, next time you see a speed trap, flash away. After all you are getting people to slow down which is the purpose of the speed trap in the first place. Yes?
The order by U.S. District Judge Henry E. Autrey in St. Louis on Monday stems from a lawsuit filed by Ellisville resident Michael Elli. In 2012, Elli flashed his headlights to warn oncoming vehicles of a radar set up by police in the town of Ellisville.