Friday, May 25, 2012

Warning Of A Speed Trap By Flashing Your Lights

. . .is free speech in Florida protected under the First Amendment according to a Florida judge in a lawsuit brought by Ryan Kintner against the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, which ticketed him for flashing his headlights to warn neighbors that a deputy had set up a speed trap nearby.

According to an Orlando Sentinel report,
Circuit Judge Alan Dickey ruled that the officer misapplied a law intended to ban motorists from flashing aftermarket emergency lights, and that the act of using lights to communicate is protected by the Constitution.

Kitner isn’t ready to move on from the issue just yet, however. He also has a pending class action lawsuit against the Florida Highway Patrol for violating a 2005 court order that bars police from ticketing motorists for flashing their lights.

Additionally, despite winning the civil case against the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, Kitner is still fighting in court to have the ticket itself dismissed.
[Source: via Leftlane]

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