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Old 01-14-2013, 04:57 PM   #29
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Didnt see this thread either, but, ticketing for flashing headlights has been deemed incorrect for most of the states I have lived in, and if such a law were to be passed, I would assume it would easily be reversed.
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The "point" of a speed trap and tickets? To get people to slow down

What does flashing ones headlight to on-comming traffic get them to do? slow down

You just helping to get more people to slow down

Dont want to risk flashing ones lights, then roll down your windong and do the hand up and down "slow down gesture" ..... Hey I didnt flash my lights I was doing our "hello fellow camper wave"
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Old 01-14-2013, 05:05 PM   #31
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Not to mention that flashing of the lights off/on/off/on is the universal sign of 'hey, your lights are off' as well as 'police ahead'. Who could tell you for what reason you flashed then? I was in traffic court in VA when a judge verbally reprimanded a cop for just such an action. Didnt even need to hear the case, just saw what it was for and dismissed it on the spot.
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Old 01-14-2013, 05:12 PM   #32
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The usual out come of when a special enforcement team is put in a neighborhood to counter this action is that 75% of the drivers ticketed live in the neighborhood.
I came home from a Med cruise once and on my way home, took my usual 'shortcut' through a residential area to by pass the traffic. After making a left turn, I got waved over by a cop and told why. Apearently a 'no left turn' sign was put up just the day before. I smacked my head for not paying attention, then noticed that there were at least 10 other cars pulled over and another one behind me. After talking for a bit, the cop informed that everyone there, except me, lived in the area and that most tried to use the excuse of 'but we are the ones who put the signs up!'. He said he was giving each and everyone a ticket regardless.. I got let go with a warning
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Let's see if I understand this - suppose I'm looking out an upstairs window and see a mugging in progress, and also notice a cop walking his beat who will momentarily round the corner and come upon this law-breaking in progress. If I call out or flash a light to warn the mugger so he can escape, it's my 1st amendment right to do so???? Somehow I think I would (and should) be charged as an "accessory after the fact" or something like that (I'm not a cop or lawyer).

As far as slowing down traffic, wouldn't it just slow them for a short distance till they're past the patrol car, and then continue speeding, confident they'll be warned whenever a cop is ahead? Perhaps even unmarked cars inhibit speeding since knowing they might be anywhere destroys the above-mentioned confidence that one can break the law without getting caught.

The supreme court has clearly ruled that all rights have limits - for example, the 1st amendment does not allow you to yell "fire" in a crowded theater.
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Let's see if I understand this - suppose I'm looking out an upstairs window and see a mugging in progress, and also notice a cop walking his beat who will momentarily round the corner and come upon this law-breaking in progress. If I call out or flash a light to warn the mugger so he can escape, it's my 1st amendment right to do so???? Somehow I think I would (and should) be charged as an "accessory after the fact" or something like that (I'm not a cop or lawyer).
That's like comparing apples to oranges. Speeding is not the same as assault.
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That's like comparing apples to oranges. Speeding is not the same as assault.
But all too often, the results can be the same - a victim dies!
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The "point" of a speed trap and tickets? To get people to slow down

What does flashing ones headlight to on-comming traffic get them to do? slow down

You just helping to get more people to slow down

Dont want to risk flashing ones lights, then roll down your windong and do the hand up and down "slow down gesture" ..... Hey I didnt flash my lights I was doing our "hello fellow camper wave"
Free speech? Maybe. Loose gravel, me thinks.

I dont speed, thus no reason to flash. I drive according to the MPG limits.
Now, that was not true when I was working!

I dont drive hard. 300 to 400 miles is enough. I enjoy every evening! And over those distances, I can afford the extra 30 to 40 minutes each day, and leave a little extra motion-lotion in my tank.

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But all too often, the results can be the same - a victim dies!
That's true. But people can die in accidents when neither party was speeding. I'm just saying that assault and battery is a far more serious crime than someone going 5-10 mile over the speed limit.
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If slowing down traffic were the prime objective, then all cop cruisers would be brilliantly marked so that people could see them coming for miles and check their driving accordingly. Any way you can assist in controlling the speed of traffic seems to me to be an admirable thing to do, so flash the lights and have drivers check what they are doing.
Unfortunately, current police patrols have no interest in controlling traffic, speed or anything else which is why they use speed traps, unmarked highway cars, etc. Their primary purpose is income generation which is why they are faster to give a ticket than to drive i n traffic and be a pace car.
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All comments speak about ones character. Appears there are a few here with very honorable character. I hope that my character proves to be honorable.
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All comments speak about ones character. Appears there are a few here with very honorable character. I hope that my character proves to be honorable.

The "old school" way of police officers is good character


Thanks for what you do and BE SAFE OUT THERE!!!!!!!!!
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A few years back I was traveling through Virginia and noticed a motorhome in the middle of the medium on one of the interstates. When I passed the vehicle I noticed a radar unit hanging out the window. Parked behind the motorhome was a state police chase car. Now that's certainly keeping with the spirit of our forum and the actions of the police in this ongoing post.

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Or a motorcycle cop off his bike and standing the bushes on the downhill side of a hill or bridge.. Ya, they dont just want the money..
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