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Plod Trap

Drivers fined for flashing headlights to warn oncoming cars of police speed trap | Mail Online

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.’

Peelian Principles

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.


Presumably if this went to court the police would rely upon Highway Code rules 110 and 111, the former of which says "Only flash your headlights to let other road users know that you are there. Do not flash your headlights to convey any other message or intimidate other road users."
One method used by motorcyclists is a "thumbs down" gesture - harder to see in a car, but might be useful.

Being blessed with a good memory, it did not take me long to find this gem.


Do not flash, but wave your arm out of the window. Also observe the final sentance.
In March, a crown court upheld his appeal on the grounds that the prosecution could not prove any speeding motorists had slowed down as a result of his actions.

And there was me thinking the whole point of speed traps was not just to raise revenue but to get people to slow down. You'd think a bit of help in getting people to slow down, would be welcomed.


I never actually believed it for a moment.

Well, at least here in the US, that sort of police behavior keeps getting struck down by the courts on free speech grounds.

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