Drivers have been urged to make sure they understand the rules regarding flashing headlights on other motorists or to risk a potential fine.
While it may be common and courteous practice among drivers to flash the headlights of a vehicle to prevent other road users from being caught speeding, these benefactors could face a fine.
The signal is often used to alert other road users to a speed camera or a police officer in front of you.
However, flashing your headlights to warn other drivers of a speed camera on the road can result in fines of up to Â£ 1,000 if stopped by police.
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Under the rules of the road, drivers are instructed to use their headlights “only to let other road users know that you are there”, and not to attempt “to convey any other message”.
The Highway Code states: âDo not flash your headlights to convey another message or intimidate other road users.
âNever assume the flashing headlights are a signal to keep going. Use your own judgment and proceed cautiously.
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While flashing to give priority to someone at an intersection is against traffic regulations, using your lights to intimidate other road users or warn of speed cameras or other police activity is also illegal.
However, the conviction for such an act stems from an offense under section 89 of the Police Act 1996, which states that it is an offense “to deliberately obstruct a police officer in ‘exercise of its functions “.
Police can charge drivers with this criminal offense if they believe the person has interfered with their ability to perform speed checks on other motorists.
Obstructing a police officer is an offense capped at level three on the fine scale, with a maximum penalty of Â£ 1,000.
Meanwhile, flashing your headlights to threaten or intimidate other drivers could be interpreted as reckless, dangerous or even âfuriousâ driving, which is against the law and results in potential penalty points and fines.