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Sanford judge rules in favor of motorist who flashed his headlights
A judge in Sanford ruled Tuesday that a Lake Mary man was lawfully exercising his First Amendment rights when he flashed his headlights to warn neighbors that a deputy had set up a speed trap nearby.
That decision is another victory for Ryan Kintner, 25, who sued theSeminole County Sheriff's Officelast year, accusing it of misconstruing a state law and violating his civil rights, principally his right to free speech.
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/\ Really, in my state the cops won't fine you and light flashing/warning is OK...Police 'tolerate it'...after all we are warning motorists to slow down, so potentially flashers are saving lives!...and saving tickets.!
flashing your headlights is not limited to warning about speed traps, but also for the slow Florida drivers who feel they are entitled to grandma drive in the far left lane, which is especially annoying when in the 2 lanes next to them are semi trucks. it is a way of asking them to please move over a lane so that others may pass.
head light flashing is a form of communication. it could mean hey watch out for the cops, hey watch out for the accident, or hey can your slow *** get out of the way. in any instance its free speech but especially when you are warning other citizens about police actions nearby. thats exactly what the first amendment was designed to protect, speaking out against actions of the government. they can try (New York im looking at you) all they want to call it interfering with the police or hindering but everyone would fail in court.
this is why im more and more inclined to agree that every new bill put forth by legislatures ought have at the very beginning a couple lines describing what part of their constitutional duties and powers allows them to even pursue the adoption of whatever they are proposing.