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Is it legal to flash drivers?

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Senior Trooper Brett Davis with the Louisiana State Police Troop G headquarters in Bossier Parish says while a lot of drivers may flash their lights at other drivers in the bayou state it is against the law to do that. Do it and you could be in some deep trouble. 

"The motorist that do that need to be prepared for the consequences that come with that", says Davis.
He is talking about the mere flashing of the lights.  If you are communicating to another driver that a cop is ahead is beside the point.  It is against the law to flash your lights unless you are warning drivers about a traffic hazard. That is according to Louisiana statute 32.327c.

In the city of Ellisville, MO police were cracking down on the practice of drivers flashng their lights.  Officers were giving out tickets with fines up to $1,000.  The ACLU took the city to court and won. A judge told the city they could no longer give drivers a ticket for using their headlights to communicate with other drivers. The judge said it was probably a violation of their freedom of speech.  

Davis admits drivers flashing their lights can be a good and bad thing.
He said it's a bad thing if they are waiting for a criminal wanted for a serious crime or looking for a vehicle involved in an amber alert and they get tipped off by some driver flashing their lights.  He says sometimes it is a good thing because it does get traffic to slow down.

 

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