You could be fined up to £1,000 if caught flashing other motorists to warn of a speed trap

 

Motorists in the UK are being warned that flashing other drivers to alert them to speed trap’s up ahead could lead to a hefty fine if caught.

Many drivers think it’s nice to inform their fellow road users that there’s a speed trap further up the road but in fact doing so could get you into trouble.

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These kind of alerts are usually sent if there’s a mobile speed camera or similar kind of temporary measure set up along the road.

Rule 110 of the Highway Code states: “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.”

Not only does playing the Good Samaritan mean you’re breaking the law, you could also be breaking the Police Act of 1996.

The Police Act explains how a driver could be obstructing a police officer in his line of duty by warning other road users of a speed trap or other temporary measure up ahead.

If caught, motorists could be issued with a fine of up to a maximum of £1,000.

According to research released by Confused.com earlier in the year, around eight million motorists in the UK have committed this offence, with no clue as to how serious an offence it is and that it could lead to a hefty fine if caught.

 

 

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