The flashing headlights case in Florida
|   Wednesday, May 30, 2012
While you are driving on the road, it is important that you keep the headlights on in order to warn the person coming from far and stay protected yourself by seeing what is coming from a head. This has been made a common rule in many countries. The warning may be related to provide a signal for many types of dangers but usually this warning is meant to warn the motorists coming from ahead regarding the speed enforcement.

If such a law will be made then it would be followed by everyone as breaking the rule will present you a ticket from the police for breaking the traffic rules.
But it must be said that in the world like today, a ticket against speed enforcement is usually given for gathering money rather than for making people aware of the importance of their safety. This is being practiced almost everywhere. Everyone is found to be indulged in thinking about his own benefit rather than that of the society as a whole.

A person named Ryan Kinter got a ticket in August 10, 2011 in Florida. The reason he got ticketed was that he had turned on his headlights to warn the drivers about the speed trap that was pending. Orlando Sentinel reported that the Deputy of Florida ticketed the person because he wanted to prohibit people from turning on headlights of their cars. He was fined with 116 dollars due to which he took his issue to the court.

Ryan Kinter then filed a case against the Deputy where J. Marcus Jones, his lawyer argued that this decree cannot be applied because according to the 1st Amendment made in the US constitution, it is stated that the motorists are responsible to communicate about the warnings ahead by turning on their vehicle flash lights. It is clear that the Deputy was not supposed to file any ticket and therefore, Alan Dickey Circuit Court Judge of Florida also supported the case of Ryan Kinter. He ordered that no tickets would be given to the motorists who turn on the flash lights to warn other drivers about any possible danger ahead. J. Marcus Jones also said that thousands of people in Florida are wrongly ticketed because of flashing their headlights.

J. Marcus Jones did research and he found that there is certain section in the traffic laws that allow the drivers to turn on their headlights at night. They can do so when they are about to pass another vehicle. Therefore, Ryan Kinter should legally not be ticketed as he has done nothing against the law.

Some of the ruling bodies were also sued for the same issue as that of FHP. It was said that these agencies ceased giving tickets to the drivers way before the case of Ryan Kinter was heard.
Tragically, nothing has been done about the Seminole County case of Ryan Kinter yet which means that the case is still pending. The original ticket of Ryan Kinter has not been mitigated yet.
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