A judge today ruled that warning motorists by flashing headlights is a first amendment right. Do you agree with his decision?
I worked in law enforcement for years. Consider this: on the other side of the hill is a road block. Officers are searching for a man that just killed 4 kids in a hit and run accident. Now, you trying to be a fine friend, just helped him escape...
How is this a first amendment right.
Yes except that most of the people who do so are too lazy to use their low beams, opting instead to flash their high beams, which is probably a violation in most areas. Day or night, aiming the high beams at oncoming traffic is annoying.
I don't have low beams- so how would I remedy that?
You must have some kind of low beams. Even if they are the kind that are on all the time you can turn them off then back on to "flash" them. It may be legal to use the high beams. In WA there are specific distances from other traffic to be legal.
Turnings lights off at night makes me nervous. I see where you're coming from, but I'm not turning my lights off to warn someone. I'll high beam them if they've got their's on. But I'll also high beam them to warn. (Not often, at all).
And it's not legal to flash them here. But I do it anyway.
I was thinking daytime. At night they're on their own, because flashing the brights is just going to make them think they have theirs on and get me flashed back half the time. I wouldn't turn off the lights to warn them at night either.
Why the hell would flashing headlights be illegal?
What does that have to do with the first amendment?
Freedom of speech. Flashing lights was considered to be speech.
I don't see how? It's just a friendly warning signal.
It is just communication like writing or sign language which are protected by freedom of speech.
I guess it just seems weird to me because I feel like freedom of speech protects against things that might be considered wrong by other people. Whereas I equate flashing lights like going "hey watch out!"
Yeah! I understand! :)
Sometimes my friend flashes his brights at people driving by when there's no cop around, then we watch them hit the brakes or even wave in thanks for no reason. Then we laugh at them like the a-holes we are.
An American court really wasted their time, and tax payer's money on that? Dear Lord.
Heck yeah I agree!
I do it all the time for people.
sure, but it's still rude as hell
How is that rude?
A court in Missouri
The police departments just get mad because it costs them money, but it slows people down and helps to not ruin peoples day with a ticket and a meeting with the boss for being late to work, fucking traffic cops
What if there is a tree in the road around the corner and I wish to warn people to slow down and proceed cautiously? I was taught in drivers ed to flash my lights. Besides, what if I accidentally hit my high beams on by accident? What is the harm...
Of having the potential of slower and more cautious drivers? Is this not what police are on the road for? And I am such a nice guy I will do it for free.
I'm very grateful to the people who have signaled to me of an upcoming speed trap.
If flashing your lights is unconstitutional, I would be afraid that shooting a bird would be unconstitutional. Lol
Please don't ever shoot me, poli :))
Don't pull out in front of me then. :)
The outcome is agreeable; but I have voted "no" because flashing headlights is conduct, not speech.
Do you think writing is speech?
I think writing falls under the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of the press.
I agree Arkansas
Nada wrong with it
Did you get your tooth fixed?
That probably does more to slow down drivers than police enforcement. Perhaps cops should ride around in unmarked cars flashing their lights?
Sure is! I do it when a car is stopped on a curve or in the road pulled over. I don't do it if a cop is hiding and waiting. My road are usually local.
The answer is yes. If you disagree, you are just wrong. JK.....well not about the wrong part. :)
I voted no ;)