Have you ever flashed your high beams to warn other drivers about speed traps ahead? Well, you might be risking a traffic ticket.
So Assemblyman Ron Dancer, R-Ocean, has introduced a bill to make it a form of protected speech.
By warning other drivers of speed traps, motorists are having a positive impact on safety, Dancer said in a statement.
The bill would also clarify that drivers would be allowed to toggle their high-beams to warn of accidents, stopped traffic, deer crossings, obstructions in the roadway, and ice or other hazardous road conditions, the statement reads.
A New Jersey appeals court ruled in 1999 that the state law against misusing headlights “was never intended to prohibit a motorist from warning oncoming motorists that a speed trap lies ahead.”
Dancer also pointed to a recent ruling by a federal judge in the case of a Missouri man who received a ticket and $1,000 fine for tipping off drivers about police radar deployment. The judge in that case issued a temporary injunction ordering the police to halt their policy of stopping drivers who blink their lights.
A spokesman for the New Jersey Police Chiefs Association said a law would make officers’ jobs more difficult.
Steve Hughes and The Associated Press