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What can you actually fine someone for, if anything, for flashing other motorists and warning them of the presance of a cop? (Stop them for defiective equip.- thats all I can think of)

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I agree with slowing them down, but they did it right in front of me while another officer was around the corner. I felt I had to say something.
 

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Flash your lights back and stop em for lane violation or speeding. I never see anyone who isnt speeding. Or, don't worry about it. You still get paid every week or 2.
 

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Yeah it sucks that people do that. But ask youself what is the ultimate purpose of you being there with a radar gun to begin with. To slow traffic down. I'd like to write someone up for doing that (90-7), but I can just imagine the judge looking over his or her eyeglasses at me with a raised eyebrow when I say I wrote the operator up for defective equipment. My reputation and credibility with that judge will be shot to hell when it comes up to a real case that matters. Be judicious out there. Sometimes you just need to bite the bullet or employ moving radar to avoid being flashed.
 

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I feel they are helping me do my job, my jobs not to gig every person I can for speeding, my job is to slow down traffic. But if I were going to enforce someone flashing lights to warn motorist I would give a writen warning, no right of appeal and it sends the message home
 

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Yikes!
I think this is just beginning to push it a little to far. Why get a mad-on and go chase/stop a "flasher" and miss the next 1-25 cars you were going to be set up for? Christ! take a deep breath will ya?
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When I am in my pov I flash when I see a vehicle going over the limit......only when I do not see a cruiser around the corner..........it's funny to see them wave and slam on the brakes.
 

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Joe F. said:
how about obstructing/ interfering with police business. [/code]
How about NO. Your purpose in being there is to slow traffic to safe pace. Either way they slow down. You are not going to be able to stop operators from "flashing" each other. Don't waste your time...
 

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Erv1117 there is a violation you can write these drivers who flash there high beens at on coming traffic.

Ch90/Sec31 Failure to dim high beens at approach of oncoming MV $35.

Honestly though, they are helping your cause to slow down traffic. We are in the public safety business not the cash revenue business. just my two cents good luck!
 

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Look now!

Just cut it out. You can flash your headlamps without using the high beams. let it go fer crying out loud!
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ROBOCOP1982 said:
Joe F. said:
how about obstructing/ interfering with police business. [/code]
How about NO. Your purpose in being there is to slow traffic to safe pace. Either way they slow down. You are not going to be able to stop operators from "flashing" each other. Don't waste your time...
Is that your purpose Robocop; We use speed bumps for that.
Speeders are caught to be addressed, fined or warned, in order to curtail their behavior. Alerting a speeder, to go undetected, will only re-enforce the behavior. Forget about failure to dim. If you alert someone to my presents you are interfering with my duties.

By-the-way I am not going to be able stop drug distribution either - should I wast my time?
 

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Joe F. said:
ROBOCOP1982 said:
Is that your purpose Robocop; We use speed bumps for that.
Speeders are caught to be addressed, fined or warned, in order to curtail their behavior. Alerting a speeder, to go undetected, will only re-enforce the behavior. Forget about failure to dim. If you alert someone to my presents you are interfering with my duties.

By-the-way I am not going to be able stop drug distribution either - should I wast my time?
Absolutely. The stop may be for speeding; what happens after that is another case. Average Joe motorist never thinks that the guy he just "saved" may be bopping down the road with a corpse in his backseat or 2 kilos of coke.
 

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I don't think any officer can realistically determine if they are flashing their high beams or driving lights, so failure to dim high beams is out. As to the real question is...Why bother busting someones stones for a 35 dollar fee just to tell him off, when you could potentially be blowing by someone doing 30 over the speed limit to catch him. It isn't worth it, they are not only helping to slow traffic like so many others have said, but if that is the only charge you have to bring to court when he appeals the judge is going to think you are a moron.
 

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How about defective equipment? Must be a short somewhere if their lights flash on and off, let em fight it and explain to the magistrate or judge that there was nothing wrong with their lights.
 

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My mistake on the "flash to pass" I thought that triggered your regular old headlights when they weren't already on to begin with and that they flashed your high beams when your regular headlights are already activated. My bad and thank you for the correction.

People flash traffic because they don't want you to be able to stop the nitwit blasting down the highway - the nitwit with a 5 page KQ, who has a revoked license, who has a kilo of coke in the boot, who has outstanding warrants for diddling cub scouts out behind the parish hall. I don't believe this is going through the mind of the average person flashing their lights at oncoming traffic. I believe what is going through the average flashers mind is...(sarcasm on)Hey buddy there is a jerk cop up ahead trying to meet there monthly quota on tickets and is going to nail you for going 12 over the limit. I know you are only speeding because you have to go pick up your daughter from softball practice cause your wife is busy cooking dinner and even if she wasn't busy cooking dinner her car broke down last night and is going to cost you 500 dollars to fix. Hope you don't get hit with a 95 dollar ticket to add to your bad luck. Good day sir. (sarcasm off)

Really though what I am really trying to say is I wouldn't sweat the flasher over the speeder. I am just not a fan of strict traffic enforcement. I see where you are coming from though, but most everyone speeds...cops included, and cops almost never get tickets from another cop.
 
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