(Memphis) It’s almost like a secret signal that drivers share with other drivers.
You’ve no doubt seen the flash of the high beams warning there’s a speed trap coming up.
David Kelley, a motorist from Mississippi, said,”There are different conditions, daytime and nighttime, but actually if the person isn’t speeding, you’ve done nothing wrong and if you’re not speeding you’ve done nothing wrong. I see nothing wrong with it.”
In some states, like Tennessee, it’s legal to warn other drivers about speed traps.
In fact, some states’ highway patrol units say it’s a way to get motorists to abide by the speed limit.
But it’s not legal in Arkansas and Mississippi, where you could end up with a ticket.
Monica Franklin, a Memphis driver, was surprised to learn that flashing your car’s headlights is illegal in some states, “I don’t know about it being legal. But a person should have the right to do it if it’s what they want to.”
Darren Calhoun, a Memphis driver, sees some benefits, “It warns people what you should and shouldn’t do, and if they see the lights they tend to slow down.”
The dispute between police and drivers is moving beyond headlight flashing, to your smart phone.
There’s actually a free app called Trapster that allows users to report and map speed traps, red light cameras and other road hazards for all other Trapster users to see.
Because there’s an app for that, the days of flashing headlights may be fading into the past.