Judge’s Order Allows Headlight-Flashing in Missouri County

April 10, 2014

A federal judge has issued a permanent injunction prohibiting a St. Louis County town from ticketing drivers for flashing their headlights to warn other drivers that police are nearby.

U.S. District Judge Henry Autrey issued the injunction.

The American Civil Liberties Union had filed suit on behalf of Michael Elli. In 2012, Elli flashed his headlights to warn oncoming vehicles of radar set up by Ellisville police. An officer saw the flash and cited Elli for a city ordinance violation.

Elli could have faced a fine of up to $1,000, but the case was dropped. Ellisville City Attorney George Restovich has said the city changed the policy and no longer pulls over people for flashing headlights.

 

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  • April 11, 2014 at 12:09 pm
    Don't Call Me Shirley says:
    I thought it was called "a wardrobe malfunction".
  • April 11, 2014 at 8:39 am
    Adam says:
    There is no law against this. Sue them.
  • April 11, 2014 at 8:38 am
    Adam Butera says:
    There is no law prohibiting this. I guess that didn't stop this "police officer", who was obviously upset that he couldn't meet his revenue quota by 3pm so he could run to Dun... read more
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