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Federal Judge: Flashing Headlights To Warn Of Speed Traps Is Allowed
A federal judge has ruled a Missouri city went too far trying to stop a driver from helping others avoid a speeding ticket.
FOX News Radio’s Dave Anthony reports:
Ever flash your headlights to warn an oncoming car about a cop with radar? Or been glad someone did it for you? In Ellisville, Missouri, police pulled a driver over for doing that in 2012 with $1,000 fine. He and the ACLU fought it. Attorney Tony Rothert:
(Rothert) “If you’re at the gas station on the corner and someone says ‘Hey, be careful over there, there’s a speed trap’, you know, that’s protected speech, and you can’t be ticketed for that. This is no different.”
A U.S. District Judge agrees. Issuing an injunction, ruling this week the warning is a good thing, helping someone comply with the speed limit. Ellisville replies the city had already stopped pulling people over for flashing lights a year ago anyway.
Dave Anthony, FOX News Radio.