June 4, 2020 The home of UK car culture

Could You Be Fined £1,000 For Flashing Your Headlights?

There are a number of things that can get you in trouble when you’re driving but I bet you never thought flashing your headlights could cost you so much!

Apparently, flashing your headlights at other drivers to warn them of a police speed trap could be considered a crime. Rule 110 of the Highway Code says: “Only flash your headlights to let other road users know that you are there. Do not flash your headlights to convey any other message or intimidate other road users.”

That violation is unlikely to be enough to see you convicted of breaking the law, according to the Department for Transport. However, flashing to lights to warn of a speed trap can technically be seen as obstructing a police officer from doing their job.

Section 89(2) of the Police Act 1996 outlines what can happen if motorists obstruct an officer, it says: “Any person who resists or wilfully obstructs a constable in the execution of his duty, or a person assisting a constable in the execution of his duty, shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one month or to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale, or to both.

That means drivers could be hit with as much as a £1,000 fine for simply flashing their headlights! You’d have thought that it wouldn’t be a massive issue not catching someone speeding because they slowed down knowing you were there, at least they aren’t speeding!! The funds it would take to take someone to court to be convicted for something so trivial could be better used!

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