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Posted: 5/17/2002 5:08:55 AM EDT
I was driving south on I81 in Salem, VA yesterday, when I observed a State Trooper in the median, running radar on the northbound traffic. AS soon as I passed him I did as I usually do, and started flashing my headlights to warn oncoming traffic to slow down. Looking in my rear view mirror, I could see about a mile behind me, and didn't see anyone else flashing their headlights. Come to think of it, I cannot remember the last time anyone gave me a similar warning. Is this practice all but dead? Does anyone else still do this? If not, why not?
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 5:12:58 AM EDT
I thought that flashing high beams was considered "Road Rage"
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 5:13:12 AM EDT
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 5:16:55 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/17/2002 5:19:12 AM EDT by ChrisGene]
It's not right to flash your headlights for those breaking the law. You could be tampering with an investigation. Would you tell a theif "wait, don't steel that now, there's a cop right up there."
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 5:50:40 AM EDT
I still do it, and still see others doing it from time to time.
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 5:52:32 AM EDT
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 5:53:34 AM EDT
I would do it but lets see theres this newfangled invention called a [b]RADAR DETECTOR[/b]and if they are too stupid to buy one well then too bad .
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 6:01:19 AM EDT
Originally Posted By ChrisGene: It's not right to flash your headlights for those breaking the law. You could be tampering with an investigation. Would you tell a theif "wait, don't steel that now, there's a cop right up there."
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The way I see it, I can be a more effective enforcer of the law that the cop down the road. If I flash my lights and the person slows down, then I have just reduced "crime" and enhanced traffic safety. All at a lower cost (and a few hundred feet sooner!) than the cop could have done.
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 6:04:36 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/17/2002 6:13:37 AM EDT by gunman0]
Originally Posted By Mortech: I would do it but lets see theres this newfangled invention called a [b]RADAR DETECTOR[/b]and if they are too stupid to buy one well then too bad .
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Most of the speed traps in my area use LASER. So the only way to warn people is via flashing headlights, I see it once in a while, but not as often as I see speed traps. I don't go over 5 MPH over the limit anyway right now, since I have 5 points sitting on a PBJ for speeding last year. Oh yeah, in case you are going to say I should use laser detectors, let me inform you they don't work. On top of that, if it actually went off, that would just be letting you know 100% that you were just caught by a laser, and any slowing down would just be after the fact. Don't you hate technology.
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 6:14:54 AM EDT
I really don't care if someone else gets a ticket, I drive the speed limit.(sometimes)[;)]
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 6:39:18 AM EDT
No one around here does it anymore. I really doubt if most people anymore would grasp the meaning if you did. I haven't seen done in years including traveling back and forth from western CO. to central NE every year.
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 6:45:50 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Mortech: I would do it but lets see theres this newfangled invention called a [b]RADAR DETECTOR[/b]and if they are too stupid to buy one well then too bad .
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That may be true but if you live in VA as FatMan and I do it is illegal to even purchase a detector let alone use one. And yes I still flash my lights. Jake
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 6:56:58 AM EDT
Things have changed, what with "road rage" and all. Flashing your lights is often seen as an "insult" and is most often taken as an aggressive act. The only time I would do it now is to warn someone that they are driving with their lights off.
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 7:05:19 AM EDT
"I would do it but lets see theres this newfangled invention called a RADAR DETECTORand if they are too stupid to buy one well then too bad . " Wow, 9 am and I've already heard a not-so-thoughtful remark. As others have said, radar is hardly ever used...if the laser detector goes off, it just tells you you've been hit. Flashing your lights is the best way to warn others of a speed trap or other danger ahead. If you see me flashing my lights, slow the hell down! I'd appreciate it if you return the courtesy.
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 7:18:33 AM EDT
I do it everytime I see one of those bastards hiding around a corner. Don't take me wrong I have all the respect for LEO's(shoot with them frequently),but I don't play into their little money making scam that does nothing to protect the public. All they care about is filling their bullshit quotas, but many of them hate to do this as my local officers have told me. Anyway, flash on. Bill3508
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 7:18:54 AM EDT
iirc, "warning" other folks of the presence of an leo working a speed trap is actually iilegal in ohio, and punishable by a fine. please correct me if i am wrong on this. actually, last sunday a motorist flashed his headlights on-off approaching me as i drove thru a blinding downpour. even though i was only doing 35 mph or so (vision was very limited by the rain), i slowed. turns out a large branch had snapped off a tree and ways blocking the road. i view flashing as a courtesy...warning of danger, speed traps, overtaking, etc. and yes, i flash to warn of accidents, speed traps and the like. it's a "do unto others" thing.
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 7:19:42 AM EDT
I rarely see it anymore. I did have my ass saved about a year ago though. A guy flashed me, and I slowed down. As soon as I came around the corner, my radar detecter went Nucking Futz! I was doing exactly the speed limit, and had a big ass smile on my face, as I drove by the cop! He had me........but some great American saved my ass! Thanks Buddy, whoever you are!
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 7:22:26 AM EDT
I do it all the time! But when Miz Hun is with me, I have to do it surreptitiously - she's thinks only 'white trash' tries to prevent speeders from being ticketed! Wow! How can you argue with logic like that? Eric The(SoIDoItInHopesThatOthersDoItForMe!)Hun[>]:)]
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 7:26:39 AM EDT
They still flash them here, and we are all happier and richer for it.
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 7:29:37 AM EDT
I stopped doing it when I learned it can get yo killed as a gang initiation rite... Yes, I know it's bullshit but nobody had said it yet. Anyway, I do it alot but rarely see it.
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 7:30:31 AM EDT
Originally Posted By CAMPYBOB: iirc, "warning" other folks of the presence of an leo working a speed trap is actually iilegal in ohio, and punishable by a fine.
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All the more reason to do it, then. I hate it when socialist governments pass laws that keep others from getting in trouble. Bastards.
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 7:32:13 AM EDT
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 7:34:45 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/17/2002 7:39:56 AM EDT by JIMBEAM]
Originally Posted By Mortech: I would do it but lets see theres this newfangled invention called a [b]RADAR DETECTOR[/b]and if they are too stupid to buy one well then too bad .
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With the "instant-on" radar guns a detector doesn't do much. I hate the fact that flashing your lights is seen as road rage. Growing up, it was seen as a request to nove over for a car that is overtaking you. In South Carolina we have several people that stay in the passing lane pacing the car next to them.
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 7:42:44 AM EDT
I used to flash all the time but with my vehicles I'm driving now it's a little senseless. A ford f-250 that has daytime driving lights, there're on all the time and A Trans Am- pop up headlights . If i tried to flash at someone, they would be on top of the cop before the lights popped up.
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 7:50:22 AM EDT
I used to, but I got tired of a-holes tail gating me because I was ONLY doing 10 over the limit. Now I figure if you don't want a ticket, do the limit. I also don't bitch now if I get caught. oh well. regards, legrue
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 7:51:26 AM EDT
I'm really disappointed in people's ability and desire to think freely these days. I'm only 24 years old, but during the span of my life I've see the proccess of pussification occurr (George Carlin coined that great term). It's really scary! Goes along with the whole "we don't need guns, the cops will protect us" mentallity. Or when someone demands justification for your ownership of firearms. They don't understand you don't need to justify them, they are your right. These are the same retards who buy SUV's and don't go off road. The same monkeys who believe every word dribbling from the mouth of the perky news anchor. The same people who live next door and call the police rather than knock on your door and ask you to quiet down if you backyard bbq party is loud. There is no more community anymore, people don't take care of their own problems, they want the government to do it. They keep giving away our freedoms piece by piece. It's the schools causing it I think. They are totally out of hand. Kids aren't allowe to play for fear of getting in trouble.
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 7:54:29 AM EDT
Originally Posted By gunman0:
Originally Posted By Mortech: I would do it but lets see theres this newfangled invention called a [b]RADAR DETECTOR[/b]and if they are too stupid to buy one well then too bad .
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Most of the speed traps in my area use LASER. So the only way to warn people is via flashing headlights, I see it once in a while, but not as often as I see speed traps. I don't go over 5 MPH over the limit anyway right now, since I have 5 points sitting on a PBJ for speeding last year. Oh yeah, in case you are going to say I should use laser detectors, let me inform you they don't work. On top of that, if it actually went off, that would just be letting you know 100% that you were just caught by a laser, and any slowing down would just be after the fact. Don't you hate technology.
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Them thar newfangled contraptions are illegal in VA.
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 8:29:38 AM EDT
I still use my headlights for warning. A few months ago, when the ground started showing up from underneath the snow, I would see a herd of 20-30 deer feeding on the exposed crops while I drove home at night. They were hundreds of yards away from the road. They stayed near the woods. On one particular night, as I came up to the T-intersection, I saw quite a few of those buggers on or near the road. As I slowed down, I noticed a car coming from my right. I flashed my headlights, aimed my car towards the deer that were along his road and then dimmed them as I came up to the T. He saw them and slowed down. I stayed at the stop sign for a few extra seconds and turned slowly onto the road following the other guy so that I could watch the deer a little longer. That allowed the other guy to get about 400 yards ahead of me. I lost him on a turn a little ways ahead. As I came around the corner, I saw him not so far ahead. As he saw my lights, he flashed his lights ahead. I couldn't see why he was doing that until I came to that point. There were another 5 deer along the road. They ran away from the road, so they didn't cross my path. We ended up helping each other. What goes around, comes around.
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 8:58:03 AM EDT
I do. To warn of DANGERS ahead. A police officer at work is NOT a danger. Obey the law, and you are already safe. I drive the speed limit to the best of my ability. I usually use the cruise control to make sure I maintain the proper speed... Scott
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 9:03:44 AM EDT
Originally Posted By DScottHewitt: I do. To warn of DANGERS ahead. A police officer at work is NOT a danger. Obey the law, and you are already safe. I drive the speed limit to the best of my ability. I usually use the cruise control to make sure I maintain the proper speed... Scott
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Some people get to talking and all of a sudden are a little over, seems a good reason to remind them to look down.
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 9:09:03 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/17/2002 9:10:30 AM EDT by TxLewis]
I flash em all the time, every time, however, I rarely see others doing the same. Dicks. Gotta help each other out, tickets are only revenues for the city, and the insurance companies who purchase so many radar/lazer detectors for the cops. Bigger Dicks! (Insurance co's) I did hear that San Diege took down red light camera's because all they did was bring in revenues, but did lower the rate of accidents at all. If true, kudos to them Wl Gotta flash em. Someone should start up one of those damn idiot chain letters reminding everybody to get back in the habit of flashing for cops. Would it really suprise you if it was the cops who started the rumor that flashing someone was an invitation to a gang ritual thing? Seems to have accomplished what they want: no warning. WL
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 9:09:44 AM EDT
"All the more reason to do it, then. I hate it when socialist governments pass laws that keep others from getting in trouble. Bastards." i couldn't agree more! the "goal" is public safety. ok...so, if the police want to slow folks down, let them sit next to the road as conspicuously as possible. the "goal" seems to be revenue enhancement and job justification as they hide those cruisers like a snake hides in the grass. i ride bicycles on the road...so i'm VERY interested/concerned about how we all drive. but, i can't stand a speed "trap". i'll continue to warn others with my lights.
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 9:26:40 AM EDT
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 9:27:38 AM EDT
Originally Posted By DScottHewitt: Obey the law, and you are already safe. I drive the speed limit to the best of my ability. Scott
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Oh, you are [i]so[/i] [b]virtuous.[/b] Can we be assured that you will never break [i]any[/i] law or regulation [i]ever?[/i]
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 9:36:33 AM EDT
Yeah, I still do the Hi-beam flashing thing. Doesn't seem as though many others do.
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 9:47:54 AM EDT
Originally Posted By CAMPYBOB: the "goal" is public safety. ok...so, if the police want to slow folks down, let them sit next to the road as conspicuously as possible. the "goal" seems to be revenue enhancement and job justification as they hide those cruisers like a snake hides in the grass. i'll continue to warn others with my lights.
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Give CAMPYBOB the exploding cigar. I agree. If it were about reducing highway speed, then part conspicuously in the middle of the median, visible from a long distance. People slow down, or at least check there speed when they see the police. Flash 'em if you got 'em!
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 9:56:28 AM EDT
I used to always flash my lights until August 18, 2000 when a SC Highway Patrol officer coming from the other direction saw me doing that. He turned around in the median and stopped me to tell me what he thought of that. He "cured" me of that habit for good.z
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 10:29:12 AM EDT
Speaking of speed traps, has anyone been to the Virgina Beach Airport? Just before you enter the airport the speed limit changes from 45 mph to 35 mph for a two block residential area. As you round the turn the local police are sitting in the first drive shooting radar.
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 11:58:08 AM EDT
CAMPYBOB is correct about the OH law. . .or whatever it is. You cannot alert others to the presence of a LEO. I actually know somebody who was verbally reprimanded for it but not fined.
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 12:57:16 PM EDT
Zoom, Sounds like you ran into some zealot SC highwayman. There is no law prohibiting flashing your lights in SC that I have ever heard of. What did he say to justify pulling you over? It is that kind of thing that gives LEO's such a bad rap. For the record, I flash any time I see one of their "revenue traps". Those tickets are not about safety or anything BUT pulling in insurance revenue. There are some speed trap locations on SC secondary roads that honest to God write tickets for as little as 2 miles per hour over the speed limit, the town of Coward is one that is notorious for this. These tickets are legal extortion, nothing more.
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 1:02:20 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 1:17:32 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 1:30:49 PM EDT
There is no law prohibiting flashing your lights in SC that I have ever heard of.
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He wrote a warning ticket. Under "NATURE OF VIOLATION" he checked "FAILURE TO DIM LIGHTS." The time on the ticket is 17:35. I would love to see him try to explain to a magistrate why he wrote a ticket for that offense at 5:35 PM.
There are some speed trap locations on SC secondary roads...the town of Coward
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There's too many to list! I've been through Coward on the way to Lake City. Fortunately, I don't speed so I haven't noticed their trap. The worst one I've seen is in Hodges, SC. It's on the way to Greenwood or Augusta from Greenville. US 25 and US 176 go through their town so it's hard to miss. The last time I went through there, the cops there were still driving a Dodge K-car! I don't speed, and I drive a van, but it was still be tempting to try to run from one of their BS 5 MPH under the limit when it's raining tickets. A co-worker got nailed with one of those twice, and unlike the going 10 MPH or less over limit tickets, those are for four points. Three of those, and your license is suspended.z
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 1:46:31 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 1:57:30 PM EDT
I will usually flash my lights, but I don't depend on anyone else doing the same for me. I am low tech.... I use a CB radio. Truckers love cops so much that they keep pretty good tabs on em[;)].
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 7:17:02 PM EDT
Originally Posted By SteyrAUG: I stopped doing it when I learned it can get yo killed as a gang initiation rite... Yes, I know it's bullshit but nobody had said it yet. Anyway, I do it alot but rarely see it.
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Damn! I was going to launch into this big BS story about the trucker gang initiations. While we're on this, how about the flashing for the passing truckers so they know when they're clear? I still do it though it isn't seen or acknowledge as often these days, since passing isn't the challenge it once was, with all these interstates.
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 7:22:57 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 5/17/2002 7:38:04 PM EDT
I think the light flashing went out a couple years ago in response to the urban legend of gang members cruising around with their lights on. The first person who flashed at them was followed then beaten and /or raped as a gang initiation. I became very careful about who was behind me after I heard those stories. The question arises, is it not safer to have miles of cars all flashing their lights to warn of the radar unit working traffic? Does this not slow traffic more than one unit with 1 speeder pulled over getting a ticket while hundreds of others whiz happily by at 90mph. I for Intergity. Lebrew
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 7:43:47 PM EDT
Originally Posted By ARgon: They still flash them here, and we are all happier and richer for it.
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Right here in USA?
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 8:16:59 PM EDT
Yep sure do. Our little town has nothing but rookies and rejects for police and they love running radar. It's mainly for revenue enhancement and they dang sure aint fixing the streets. They usually last until they give the wrong person a ticket. There are some people in small towns who can get away with murder, if you know what I mean. I do flash passing cars and trucks when its safe to change lanes. The truckers love it but some of the yuppies in their high dollar cars dont know what that means.
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 8:22:29 PM EDT
I used to, but I do not think people even know you are doing it for anymore.
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