Do you flash your lights to warn motorists of Police on the road?

@cynthiann (18613)
Jamaica
June 19, 2009 1:46pm CST
I do, many times, especially of someone is going just over the speed limit. If they are going way in excess of the limit and driving too dangerously then I do not flash my lights to warn them. Sometimes, if an oncoming taximan is driving recklessly with passengers in his car, then I flash my lights for him to slow down even if the Police are NOT on the road. I hope that I may be saving someone from getting injured. We have so many vehicle accidens in our country. So what do you do to warn motorists of police? do you flash your lights or what?
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@Poison_Girl (4162)
• United States
20 Jun 09
Do you think the motorists know WHY you're flashing your lights at them? I've seen people flash their lights at other motorists to let them know they need to turn their lights on, but I don't think I've ever seen anyone flash their lights at another motorist to warn them that there's a cop around. If it were me you were flashing your lights at, I think I would probably just be confused and wonder why you're doing it.
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@Pigglies (9335)
• United States
20 Jun 09
Yeah, I've seen people randomly flashing lights and I kind of wonder. To me it usually means your headlights are off. Or if you're driving with your brights on people will flash, since that is annoying. Once someone kept flashing their lights at me because I was talking on my cell phone. And I'm pretty sure that was back when it was legal.
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@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
20 Jun 09
I live in a third world cluntry in the Caribbean. It ois 120 miles long and forty fiove miles wide. Trust me, everyone knows why I am flashing themm and they will flash me too. If it in was in a first world country then it may be different - but at the moment we do what we can to help each other. Please understand that I do not flash drivers who are driving dangerously or really speeding. I so appreciate your response.
@Pigglies (9335)
• United States
22 Jun 09
Ah ok. If that is the custom then that explains why people realize what you're doing. :)
@bunnybon7 (44420)
• Holiday, Florida
19 Jun 09
i didnt know about that practice at all. here i'd be afraid someone would shoot or report us.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
20 Jun 09
HI BON, I have been doing that ever since i was driving, Everybody use to around here, it may just be a local thing. Truck drivers for sure know what it means because they will wave at u & use to when i had a cb in my car they would thank u for the "smokey report"
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@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
20 Jun 09
Noone would report me - a citizen that it - many of our police are so corrupt that we warn each other as if they pull you over they may be looking for money
@Rollo1 (16648)
• Boston, Massachusetts
19 Jun 09
It's a dangerous practice, because if they catch you doing it, they will give you a ticket. Many people do flash their lights to warn other drivers, but you're not supposed to do it. Just make sure that if you do this, you are far enough away from where the cop is or at least around a bend so they don't see your lights flashing. I don't usually flash my lights, although I have been grateful when others have. Mostly, I just try to memorize all the danger areas where the cops park to catch speeders and make sure I am going well within the speed limit when I go through that area.
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@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
19 Jun 09
I see what you mean but out here we do it all the time. I don't let them see me though. You are clever to memrize where they might be. I should do that.
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
19 Jun 09
I am a taxi driver and a light flasher. We do go a little fast at times and really appreciate warnings about police. I also stop and flash my lights when animals are on the road. I have been known to stop traffic so that geese and there babies can cross the road in safety.
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@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
19 Jun 09
Now that is kind - but please do not speed!
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@kykidd (6818)
• United States
19 Jun 09
I don't usually have a tendency to flash my lights to alert others of a police ahead, unless someone is passing people way too rapidly. I like your idea of flashing the lights anyway, just to get people to slow down. That is funny. My brother was pulled over, and after he left the police officer, he was flashing his lights at people coming the other direction. The police officer pulled him over again, and gave him a warning about doing this. That was so funny. Of course, he didn't think so. :)
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@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
19 Jun 09
Now that is so funny! I am sure that he thinks it is funny now.
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• United States
19 Jun 09
I used to do that a lot, but of late have gotten really lazy about it (G)!! Most of the people around here just drive like demons anyway, I figure they will get what they deserve in the long run, I mostly used to do it help out the truckers you know? They have a hard life, long hours and every minute counts for them;
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@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
19 Jun 09
Yes, I have heard of the hard life that your truckers have,. Here wqe ar4 just on a litle Island so they don't have it so hard at all. I just hate people who perpetually speed.
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@yok999 (124)
• Portugal
19 Jun 09
it was one of the first things that they told at the drivers school, and i guess nowadays everuone flashes the ligths we there are cops around, it´s just the way it is.
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@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
19 Jun 09
ometimes they are corrupt and ask for money to buy lunch etc. Yes, this is he way it is
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@AmbiePam (51632)
• United States
19 Jun 09
I think I have warned other cars only a couple of times by flashing my lights. I remember one occasion where the police officer was in a place I didn't think it was legal to hide. I think they are supposed to be visible by at least one side of the road. Anyway, I did flash my lights then. And I have had others flash their lights at me.
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@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
19 Jun 09
Illegal to hide??? What is that?? Ours hide behind trees and then jump out with that thing to catch you speeding. They also jump outt from behind corners too. It is so awful at times.
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@AmbiePam (51632)
• United States
20 Jun 09
No, it's like this... I'm driving down the street and I see a tree. When I pass the tree, a cop pulls out and pulls me over. I didn't see him. He was hidden from me on my side. But the person from the opposite side of the street did see him because there was no tree blocking his view. The oncoming car saw the cop. I did not. They can't just hide in the middle of two trees and pull out from nowhere. Here, that is illegal. They have to be visible from one side.
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@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
20 Jun 09
I wish that we had those kind of laws out here.
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@Pigglies (9335)
• United States
20 Jun 09
I don't usually. We have gang activity around here and flashing your lights can be a bad sign apparently. I do however, flash my lights at people at night if they didn't turn their headlights on yet (and they don't look like a gang member). Once I was at school and someone drove by, in a black car without headlights and it was pitch black already. Luckily in my car I have excellent hearing so I didn't turn out in front of them. I flashed my lights to alert them. They keep driving. I end up behind them and I flash my lights again. They flipped me off! And then they went around the bend and the police went after them. So I had to laugh at them because I'm thinking they just realized why I was flashing my lights when the police told them their headlights weren't on.
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@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
20 Jun 09
I just loved this story - especially the ending. Flashing lights is just a thing we do in the Caribbean and also parts of Europe and in some places in the States to judge from some responses.
@Pigglies (9335)
• United States
22 Jun 09
Yeah, flashing lights here is generally to let people know that their headlights are off. Or to let them know their brights are on. Or sometimes, just because they did something that upset you. That's kind of useful to alert people about cops too though in your country.
@ARoach (2)
• United States
20 Jun 09
I flash my lights. But, I also don't flash them when they are driving horribly. But, I feel like people going a little fast should have a warning because I would like it if people warn me.
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@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
20 Jun 09
If they drive recklessly then I will flash them to slow them down as it may save an accident or a life. The oines that are really sspeeding then I leave those for the police to catch
@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
20 Jun 09
Hi cyn, I don't usually signal other cars because if you get caught doing it here in the states then you get ticketed. Besides I don't usually see them until the last minute. I rarely see people warn others. I like the idea of warning the cab drivers to get them to slow down. My kind of gal. leenie
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@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
20 Jun 09
Yes, well, my kids sometimea think that my logic is flawed but I don't think so. Anything to get them to slow down. I haven't heard of anyone out here getting ticketed for flashing lights though.
@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
19 Jun 09
YES MA'AM, I do.I don't think the police would like that if they knew but they got to catch me.
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
19 Jun 09
They will never catch you lady and if they do then just burst into tears. I have always found that tears are very effective when the police stop me!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
19 Jun 09
THANKS for the tip. I'll rememember that. Kock on wood, they haven't pulled me over so far. U be careful.
@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
19 Jun 09
U need to get on tv,.
@faisai (1138)
• Hong Kong
22 Jun 09
I will flash the light as I don't others to be fined by the police. But then, I sometimes will ask myself is it really the right thing to do or not. I mean the fines for speeding is supposed to make these people afraid of speeding and will be punished so that they won't go over the speed limit. The fact that I help them to avoid the ticket seems to be working against the system.
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
22 Jun 09
I understand what you are saying and am in agreement with you. However, in my country some of the police will ask for money in order not to write a ticket. I only warn them if they are just over the limit - but not if they are really speeding or driving dengerously
@faisai (1138)
• Hong Kong
23 Jun 09
It is sad to hear that the police will not give out ticket if they are paid. It is breaking the system altogether and making all the hard work of others following the laws worthless.
@Loen210 (1533)
• United States
24 Jun 09
That's great that you do that. Whenever someone flashes to us, it always brightens my day. But that so very rarely every happens anymore. I think it's been a few years since anybody has done that. Whenever someone does it, I think about what a nice and cheerful person taht is. :o) And then, that reminds us to do for the coming others later on. Of course, we would not do it for crazy drivers who are driving dangerously.
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
24 Jun 09
No, I want those who are driving crazy to be caught. Mnasy thanks for responding
@SomeCowgirl (32254)
• United States
23 Jun 09
I don't drive, my fiance does though. We live in a rural area, so we don't usually flash our lights etc because we only see cops around the few shopping centers. We also take back roads, so most of the time we see few drivers, if any at all, and most of them are smart enough to slow down, lol, especially on very curvy road.
@jillhill (37377)
• United States
21 Jun 09
I have never done that.......I only flash my lights at them if they have them on high instead of dim......or if they need to turn on their lights because they forgot to.....but I really have never warned anyone that there is a policeman on the road ahead etc..
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
21 Jun 09
If you lived where I lived yo would - too many corrupt cops will stop you and not give you a ticket if you give them money. I have nbever given them money and never will. However, if stopped then I do cry
@lazeebee (5466)
• Malaysia
20 Jun 09
Yup, I just can't help it. Half the time, the police put up roadblocks, just to tap the motorists' pockets. I have very little confidence in my country's policemen; even if it's a legitimate roadblock, I still flash to warn others to slow down.
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
20 Jun 09
I just so agree with what you have said. We are the same where I live
• United States
20 Jun 09
Yes, I do flash my lights to warn other drivers. With the new traffic light cameras, which I believe are revenue drivers, local municipalities are getting enough new funds. I heard that 95 percent of all automatic red light camera tickets are from people not coming to a complete stop before turning right on red. Enough money for the government. I will continue to warn drivers.
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
20 Jun 09
Oh, they have that in the U.K. the camera takesa picture of your licence plate and you get the fine to be paid in the mail. No, we haven't treached that stage as we are a third world country.
@fasttalker (2797)
• United States
20 Jun 09
I have done it. Around here it seems to be a thing of the past. You used to see it quite regualrly but it is rare anymore that you see anyone do it. But when they do it gets the message through I think it is just being helpful as long as it isn't someone causing danger to everyone else. We all speed a times by getting sidetracked or just not paying attention.
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
20 Jun 09
I know what you mean. When I play music and sing along I find myself picking up speed! We flash all the time out here though
@stephcjh (32303)
• United States
27 Jun 09
I have done this before but not very often. I think alot of people get confused as to what the flashing lights mean. Some of them think they have on their bright lights. Some think it is road rage also.