Four people are dead in two separate accidents in Central Ohio. In Pataskala, investigators say a head-on collision on East Broad took three lives. One vehicle crossed the center line. Early this morning, the driver of a pick-up truck was killed when he slammed into a tree in a residential area south of Route 104 [...]
Ohio Lawmaker Urges Passage Of Headlight Flashing Bill
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Drivers might be surprised to hear that the ordinary action of flashing their headlights on the road could be considered illegal. Now, one lawmaker wants to clear the confusion.
Seeing a driver â€œflash their brightsâ€ is not uncommon on the roads.
While this can be done out of aggravation, itâ€™s also to warn oncoming drivers of a variety of issues, such as construction or a crash. Drivers could also be warning others if law enforcementâ€™s waiting around the corner to catch speeders.
But at least one lawmaker says this act could be considered illegal.
â€œPeople have been charged with obstruction of justice,â€ says Representative John Becker (R-Cincinnati)
Becker is trying to pass a bill that makes it legal for drivers to use their high beams, whether theyâ€™re cautioning others about danger ahead or even to inform them of awaiting police officers. He adds that law enforcement should support his measure.
â€œThe police claim theyâ€™re out there on the highways with RADAR and lasers in the name of public safety to prompt people to slow downâ€”well people flashing their headlightsâ€”warning of police RADAR has the same effect so it sounds like a win-win for me,â€ says Becker.
Law enforcement groups, such as Ohioâ€™s Fraternal Order of Police, are keeping track of the legislation but havenâ€™t made any formal statements yet.