For years, drivers who pass a police speed trap have flashed their headlights at oncoming cars to warn them to slow down.
But this spirit of friendly co-operation could become a thing of the past after one police force caught almost as many drivers who flashed their lights as actual speeders.
In an anti-speeding campaign, Lancashire Police handed out 23 tickets for breaking the limit - and 20 for 'misuse of headlights'.
...the police insisted that warning other drivers of a speed trap was ‘a dangerous practice’.
Lancashire traffic officer PC Antony Gray said: ‘Potentially they are putting lives at risk.
'Flashing your lights at someone may make them slow down for a second, but it will not make them change their habits.
‘Speeding motorists need to be spoken to so they will seriously consider their irresponsible driving.’
7 Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent upon every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.
Did not one of those handed a £30 ticket for flashing their lights not have the balls to just say no, see me in court. Because I bet Plod would have backed down like any other classroom bully when faced with having to justify their action.