Long before I was a driver, if an approaching car flashed its lights you knew there was an accident or a patrolman ahead. I think the practice was started by truckers.
It all started with the local law enforcement hiding behind a bill board. And then, “THE WHAMMIE”, ‘Do you happen to remember the ‘Whammie’? Maybe it is too old for some of you who read. But it was two rubber air hoses stretched across the road, hooked up to a meter beside a patrol car and it registered the speed of a car between the two hoses. If you were speeding, the patrolman dropped everything, and took off after you.
(The whammie looked like this traffic counter but the hoses were about 50’ apart.)
Funny story (not haha) of a whammie set up by the NCHP, just outside Charlotte. Most drivers had the same automatic reactions when seeing a whammie, they slowed down. One lady got so excited she swerved and hit her brakes, rolling the car over as it crossed the black air hoses. Her speed registered 45mph in a 55mph, and totaled her car.
Now it is the warnings of Radar traps, or communities that target speeders. Local policemen who stalk the interstates for tickets for the city. Shucks they can sit on the Interstate and write tickets all day for 10mph over the limit.
They should be driving in high crime areas showing a presence, and leaving the Interstates to the Highway Patrol, but that doesn’t bring in local revenue..
(I have no problem with Lawtey nor Waldo, both give out a tremendous amt of tickets, but you are warned, ”SPEEDLIMITS STRICKLY ENFORCED”)
So over the years the blinking lights have continued saying ‘warning speed check or danger ahead.’ Many tickets have been given out to the cars who have blinked their lights, finally that has been challenged in court.
A federal judge has ruled blinking your head lights is free speech, and not an offense. I am glad of the ruling.
Speeding tickets are nothing to laugh about. At one time you paid a fine and that was it. Now, wow, you pay the fine and the insurance company gets in on it and raises your premium and you haven’t cost them a dime.
Anyway it is good to flash your lights to warn oncoming traffic of a speed trap ahead or an accident.
I have no problems with announced speed traps. I honestly SELDOM speed.
Is this doublejeepardy?
The little Crosley was neat, this is actually a pickup..