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BLOG: Flashing your headlights protected by Constitution?

Tom Jackson • Jun 14, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Earlier this week, as I drove west across Sandusky city limits along U.S. 6, the area where the speed limit suddenly drops to 35 mph, a truck in the opposite lane flashed its headlights.

Sure enough, a Sandusky Police Department car was parked alongside Cleveland Road, apparently watching for speeders.

Flashing your headlights may be a form of speech protected by the First Amendment.

That's what a judge in Florida says. He ruled that a Florida man who flashed his lights to warn about a sheriff deputy's speed trap was engaged in free speech protected by the U.S. Constitution.

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