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Did You Get a Ticket for Flashing Your Lights?

A Tampa man did, and he’s taking action to get his — and other motorists’ — money back from the state.

Flashing your lights to let other motorists know of an upcoming speed trap is practically an unwritten rule of the road.

For more than 10,429 drivers since 2005, this unwritten rule ended up in an unwanted $100 citation courtesy of the Florida Highway Patrol, according to Channel 10 News.

Eric Campbell ended up with one of those tickets. He later found out the citation might not be valid under Florida law and he’s since filed a class action lawsuit against FHP to recover the ticket costs and damages.

Have you ever received a ticket for improper flashing of your lights or high beams? If so, we’d like to hear from you. Just comment below or email editor Sherri Lonon.

Clay G. Colson August 31, 2011 at 07:43 PM
No I haven't but I do it all the time. In pasco county the Sheriff's Department spends an inordinate amoount of their focus on "road deputies", unamrked cars and speed traps for creating revenue while failing to properly investigate or solve property crimes. Also environmental crimes such as Septic hauler's illegal dumping in LOL. I found such had occurred on Saturday evening, the 27th, reported it to the Sheriff at 18:33 and to this day, Wednesday, there has been NO action of any kind taken by the department. They failed to send out a deputy on Saturday despite 3 of them sitting in the Racetrack parking lot on US41 at the time ... their reason ... they were all busy ... with coffee and donuts no doubt!
Larry Bush September 01, 2011 at 11:52 PM
If the purpose of speed traps is to slow down drivers, and if courteously flashing lights achieves that end, law enforcement should appreciate the help. If they don't appreciate the help, then what they hope to achieve is more nefarious than just enforcing the law.
terry September 03, 2011 at 05:14 AM
well said larry, the light flashers ultimatley did what was needed to slow them down, , cops should thank the flashers for making the roads safer.....
Jon Berggren November 24, 2011 at 02:08 AM
I flashed my lights and was arrested for a dui. Can I get this charge dropped or cleared from my record? This happened in 2006. I am clean and sober ,but still do not have a license.

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