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Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Courts - "Drivers Allowed to Warn Fellow Motorists of Speed Traps "

From the WSJ Law Blog, a story by Jacob Gershman reported yesterday:

A trial judge in St. Louis this week held that drivers have a First Amendment right to flash their headlights to warn oncoming vehicles about speed traps ahead.

The case involved a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri on behalf of a driver who was pulled over and ticketed in the City of Ellisville for flashing his lights after passing a radar trap. * * *

At an earlier hearing, a lawyer for the city suggested that flashing headlamps might illegally interfere with a police investigation, according to court papers.

[The ACLU's Tony] Rothert said he wasn’t sure how many other jurisdictions crack down on so-called speed trap Paul Reveres. But he said that after local press first reported on Mr. Elli’s predicament, dozens of people from around the country contacted his office with stories about how they were pulled over for warning fellow drivers.

The WSJ story links to the Missouri federal district court ruling, as well as a story from the St. Louis Post Dispatch headed "Is flashing headlights to warn of a speed trap protected by the First Amendment?"

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 5, 2014 09:36 AM
Posted to Courts in general