Sep 16, 2011
By Douglas Stanglin, USA TODAY
Updated 19m ago
A Florida driver’s lawsuit challenging police who ticket motorists for flashing their headlights to warn of speed traps is having a rippling effect across the state, the Orlando Sentinel writes.
The Orange County sheriff’s office will no longer write such tickets after its lawyer says it is not against the law.
The Florida Highway Patrol has already put the practice on temporary hold, as has the Seminole county sheriff’s office.
The pullback follows a legal challenge from Erich Campbell, a Tampa-area man who has filed a class action suit on behalf of thousands of Florida motorists who have been ticketed in the last five years.
Campbell, who was ticketed by an FHP deputy, calls it a motorists’ free-speech issue and is quoted by the Sentinel has calling the latest developments “a tremendous success.”
The paper notes that some counties, such as Osceola and Miami-Dade have never written such tickets, while Volusia and Lake counties will continue the practice.