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Column: ‘Flashers’ were just trying to help
I AM all for following rules but sometimes you really have to take a step back and think about what is going on.
Recently, motorists were being handed out fines for “misuse of headlights” after they were spotted trying to alert other drivers to police carrying out speed checks.
I won’t admit to anything here but I have good friend who does this all the time. You could say it is the ‘motorists’ code’.
The police will argue that unless a speeding motorist is stopped and spoken to he or she will never know they were speeding.
And those responsible for flashing their lights ‘are obstructing them in their duty’.
The point is, drivers who get fined by mobile speed cameras tend to be those going barely one mph over a speed limit.
It happened to my friend and he was very aggrieved.
The reason people are flashing their lights has got to be this need we have as British people to assist others whenever possible.
It is like holding the door open or pointing out to everyone that there is a queue when some ignorant fellow pushes in.
In this case, my friend explains flashing his lights is the only time he can still stick two fingers up at the authorities.
He does it because he thinks he can get one back at the powers that be.
This is a small victory for a man who is now approaching 40 and losing his hair at the same time.
Maybe, a lifetime of paying fines for pointless little misdemeanours and silly rules does this to some people.
There comes a time when we have to say enough is enough.
Will we now have people finding different ways to alert people of the oncoming £30 fine?
I am not entirely sure how that will work.
What about waving your hand or pulling a funny face?
It might not be as effective but I am certain there will still be a fair few people trying it.
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