Delaware County, Pennsylvania Real Estate Blog: August 2011

Do You Ever Flash Your Lights???

Have you ever flashed your lights at on coming traffic as a heads up of a parked police car?  Do you notice other cars doing the favor for you?  Well here is a post by Katerina and Nester Gasset on this subject.  It is very informative and maybe you know of someone who might benefit from this information.

Thank you Katerina and Nester!

A few months ago we were driving on I95 and Nestor noticed a speed trap ahead of us. So he slowed down and to alert the other drivers on the highway he flashed his lights. Flashing your lights is a warning to other drivers that there is a speed trap ahead or a highway patrol car near by. 

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No sooner had we stopped flashing the lights when the sirens came behind us and there was a highway patrol man on our tail. We pulled over. He gave Nestor a ticket for flashing lights to warn others to slow down. 

Nestor asked him why he was getting the ticket. The officer stated that it was illegal to flash your lights as a warning to other drivers on our highways. The officer said that Nestor was interfering with him doing his job. WHAT??? Are you kidding me, I thought!  Nestor said, " Officer, I was helping you do your job and helping to keep the highway safer because people then slow down." That did not go over so well with the officer because what he really wanted to say is that Nestor was interfering with his ticket quota for the day or the month. 

Nestor hired an attorney to handle the case so he would not have anything show up on his driving record. We had the cost of the attorney and the cost of the ticket. Well, now we might just get our money back! 

It just so happens that a circuit court judge in Florida approved a class action law suit by Floridians who have been given tickets for flashing their lights to warn drivers of a cop in the area.  The law suit filed this week says that 2,900 motorists have been given tickets for flashing their lights and that it was illegal for these motorists to be ticketed. 

A lady in Oviedo just had her case thrown out of court and her ticket dismissed because the judge said that there is no law on the books that says it is illegal to flash your lights at other drivers.  Every case that has gone before a judge has been thrown out and the driver prevailed. 

One law firm is trying to get a judge in Tallahassee to bar Florida police and highway patrol to write tickets for flashing lights. 

The law firm says that this is a free speech issue. If drivers want to warn other drivers that is their free speech right to do so. This statement is in this class action lawsuit. They are asking the judge to have all the ticket monies collected for these tickets to be returned to the drivers who got those tickets. 

The class action lawsuit goes on to also request an immediate stop to this practice by cops. The lawsuit says that cops are engaging in illegal behavior that is wrongful and unconstitutional. The lawsuit goes on to say that while pulling the driver over, the cops are "subjecting motorists to unwarranted searches, seizures and are also guilty of racketeering because this is an ongoing enterprise with the law enforcement officials are participating in by theft, misuse of office and extortion."

So if you have been pulled over and given a ticket for flashing your lights as a warning to other drivers- you may be able to join in on the class action suit and get your ticket money back. 

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Doug Durren and Gloria Todor, Realtors®, SRES® 

CENTURY 21 ABSOLUTE REALTY
512 Baltimore Pike, Springfield, PA 19064

GloriaTodor@Century21.com

Gloria 484-431-3686

610-328-4300 x131 Office

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