Judge rules Missouri drivers are exercising first amendment right when flashing lights to warn others

Posted at 10:45 PM, Feb 05, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-05 22:45:32-05

Have you ever passed a cop cruiser on the freeway and warned passing drivers that a potential speed trap is up ahead by flashing your lights?

If you do, a federal judge says that’s your first amendment right, at least in Missouri.

According to the Wall Street Journal, a man was charged with a moving violation in a town there and faced a fine up to $1,000 after he flashed his lights.

The charges were dropped but that driver followed through with a lawsuit then the American Civil Liberties Union stepped in.

A federal judge in St. Louis ruled that it’s within drivers’ rights to flash headlights as a signal to other motorists that speed traps lie ahead.

Click here to read more from the Wall Street Journal.