The Right to Flash Headlights

Just in from one of our local news stations:

A new lawsuit accuses police in the St. Louis County town of Ellisville of violating the rights of drivers by prosecuting those who flash headlights to warn other drivers of police presence and speed traps.

The American Civil Liberties Union said the lawsuit was filed Tuesday on behalf of Michael Elli.

In November, Elli flashed his headlights at oncoming traffic and was pulled over by an Ellisville officer. Elli was cited for flashing lights to warn of radar ahead. The charge was eventually dismissed.

The ACLU said the prosecution violates the driver's First Amendment right to free speech.

I have never thought about this as a First Amendment free speech issue. What do you think?


  1. If a friendly warning brings speeders to slow down, then the purpose of law is fulfilled, unless the real purpose of law is revenue!!!

    1. So true Don. A Facebook friend said the same thing.

  2. It's been a long time since I was even on a road where I could warn someone but I always loved it when someone gave me a warning! I'm not sure how to feel.

  3. I totally agree with the first ammendment right idea. They are just bad sports about it. Back in the day, you'd get on your CB and say "there's a smokey at mile marker 20. back 'er down to double nickles good buddy". They like to have busted us for that too I suppose. LTF


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