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Old 02-13-2013, 08:14 AM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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It's not illegal in CT. The Florida decision has been upheld in various state and district courts. Ticket won't stand.
The ticket will absolutely stand if the officer can prove it was "blinding, imparing, or distracting" to another driver (which it is). It has been upheld numerous times since that Florida ruling - I know this firsthand.

Bottom line - if you flash your lights at other drivers, you can (and many times, will) get an infraction for distracting other drivers.
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Old 02-13-2013, 08:37 AM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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The ticket will absolutely stand if the officer can prove it was "blinding, imparing, or distracting" to another driver (which it is). It has been upheld numerous times since that Florida ruling - I know this firsthand.

Bottom line - if you flash your lights at other drivers, you can (and many times, will) get an infraction for distracting other drivers.
In that case, I hope they do the same for the idiot who had his high beams on in the first place. Talk about blinding/impairing/distracting another driver.
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Old 02-13-2013, 08:49 AM
 
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In that case, I hope they do the same for the idiot who had his high beams on in the first place. Talk about blinding/impairing/distracting another driver.
Often times, drivers who leave their high beams on are guilty of far worse (stolen vehicle, DUI, etc). I'm mostly talking about drivers flashing those who fail to turn lights on in the rain, warning of police doing radar, etc.
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Old 02-13-2013, 09:00 AM
 
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Here is the CT statute:

" (4) Flashing or revolving white lights may not be displayed upon a motor vehicle except (A) on fire emergency apparatus, (B) on motor vehicles of paid fire chiefs and their deputies and assistants, up to a total of five individuals per department, and may be displayed in combination with flashing or revolving red lights, (C) on motor vehicles of volunteer fire chiefs and their deputies and assistants, up to a total of five individuals per department, and may be displayed in combination with flashing or revolving red lights, (D) as a means of indicating a right or left turn, (E) in conjunction with flashing red lights on an ambulance responding to an emergency call, or (F) on the top rear of any school bus. For the purpose of this subsection, the term "handicapped students" means mentally retarded, hard of hearing, deaf, speech-impaired, visually handicapped, emotionally disturbed, orthopedically impaired or other health-impaired students, or students with specific learning disabilities, who by reason thereof, require special education and related services; and the term "flashing white lights" shall not include the simultaneous flashing of head lamps"
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Old 02-13-2013, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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Among other statutes, one ifraction can be covered under this:

14-96q $92.00 Use of improper HIGH BEAMS, COLORED Lights, FLASHING lights

Until there are strict reckless driving laws on the books, officers have to pretty much find a statute and apply. It happens all the time.
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Old 02-13-2013, 09:30 AM
 
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That would be flashing lights as in: the type found on a fire emergency apparatus. Again flashing of headlamps is NOT included.

DW and FIL are an attorney and retired Chief of Police respectively and affirm.
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Old 02-13-2013, 09:31 AM
 
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Why? Is it better to have more than 50% of the drivers breaking the law driving over the current 65 mph speed limit? Jay
So you make it 75 and your next statement as they drive 85 wil be?Accidents will become more gruesome.Ct is a very scary state to drive in,driver attitude is very poor.
At a faster speed the highway will clog up,roads are not suitable to disperse drivers.
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Old 02-13-2013, 09:32 AM
 
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That would be flashing lights as in: the type found on a fire emergency apparatus. Again flashing of headlamps is NOT included.
Again, it's also been upheld using other statues, like 14-240a, intent to harass or intimidate.

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DW and FIL are an attorney and retired Chief of Police respectively and affirm.
Apparently they haven't been in traffic court in a very long time...

As I said, flashing your high beams and/or lights to distract has OFTEN resulted in an infraction. The fact that a retired police chief will affirm that this is untrue is a little troubling (depending on how long he's been out), as that is NOT the case.
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Old 02-13-2013, 09:38 AM
 
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Again, it's also been upheld using other statues, like 14-240a, intent to harass or intimidate.
I don't disagree in situations involving harassment or intimidation. However warning the opposing direction of traffic of a threat (deer, speed trap, disabled vehicle) does NOT constitute intent to harass. Tailgating while laying on the horn and flashing is a different act altogether.
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Old 02-13-2013, 09:40 AM
 
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I don't disagree in situations involving harassment or intimidation. However warning the opposing direction of traffic of a threat (deer, speed trap, disabled vehicle) does NOT constitute intent to harass. Tailgating while laying on the horn and flashing is a different act altogether.
And on the CT website, it does say warning another driver of potential threatening trouble by using high beams IS okay, in emergency situations. The issue lies in the definition of "trouble". If it's a deer, yes, absolutely. If it's an officer doing radar, no. If it's simply to yell at them because they don't have their lights illuminated, no.
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