Driver fights ticket in court
It isn't clear that a Florida judge agreed with all of the constitutional arguments advanced by a lawyer and his client concerning a motorist's alleged right to warn others of a police speed trap by flashing headlights at oncoming cars.
But he did side with a ticketed individual who sued the Seminole County sheriff's department, by finding today that state law doesn't prohibit motorists from flashing their lights, reports the Orlando Sentinel.
"If the goal of the traffic law is to promote safety and not to raise revenue, then why wouldn't we want everyone who sees a law enforcement officer with a radar gun in his hand, blinking his lights to slow down all those other cars?" said Circuit Judge Alan Dickey at an Oct. 20 hearing in the case.
The sheriff's department didn't comment, but stopped writing such tickets several weeks ago, the newspaper says.