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Warning other road users of speed trap locations could be an offence that comes with a fine of up to £1,000

8 Jan 2019

 

How many times have you flashed an oncoming vehicle to warn of a speed trap they are approaching? Well according to Rule 110 of the Highway Code, you are committing an offence.

Rule 110 states that you can’t flash your headlights to convey messages to other motorists.

There’s also another route used by some to warn other drivers of speed camera locations; social media! And guess what — that could well be considered an offence in contravention of section 89 of the 1996 Police Act which states:

“Any person who resists or wilfully obstructs a Constable in the execution of his duty, or a person assisting a Constable in the execution of his duty, shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one month or a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale, or to both.”

Really? I hear you say — yes! And if caught doing so, the fine could be up to £1,000.

Posting any warning of any police speed traps on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter would be considered as obstructing an officer’s work and assisting the prevention of the fine of someone who may commit an offence if they were not warned in advance.

So next time you consider a “heads-up” to your fellow road users, bare in mind it could well be considered an offence that comes with some rather harsh punishment.  

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