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Do You Warn Other Drivers of Speed Traps?

Speed Trap Sign

Today, another driver flashed their lights to warn me of a speed trap. This really surprised me and got me thinking, “when was the last time another driver warned me of a speed trap?” And, I honestly couldn’t think of the last time!

That’s really bad. What happened?? Just ten years ago, I remember frequently encountering headlight flashing from fellow motorists trying to prevent others from getting speeding tickets. But, the past few years? Zip…nada…nothing!

Perhaps people have become afraid to do this out of fear of retaliation from the police? To a certain extent, I don’t blame them. There have been real cases of good Samaritans who have been actually been arrested for warning other drivers. Yep. Sad, but true.

Many people agree that this practice is not ethical or moral. Especially since, these days, it seems the speed trap’s sole purpose is to raise revenue for states, cities, and local municipalities rather than maintain everyone’s safety.

And now, thanks to a U.S. District Court Judge, it’s not legal, either. This judge ruled that flashing lights to warn other drivers of speedtraps is free speech, protected under the First Amendment.

Hurray for the federal protection of good Samaritans! Now that that’s over…let’s get back to warning each other.

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