Update: see previous posts – December 28, 2010 Texas Man Warns Motorists of Upcoming Radar Traps, November 21, 2010 Photo Radar – Ontario Liberals are Re-Introducing it into the Highway Traffic Act, September 2, 2010 Toronto – Radar Trap Central, December 26, 2009 Revealing radar traps to other Motorists, is this act illegal?
Back in September, 2010, the National Motorists Association handed down its North Ameria report. Tt was reported that with 277 radar traps, Toronto is considered to be the worst city in Canada, with regard to the highest number of speed traps, compared to every other city in Canada, according to the National Motorists Association.
Is it legal to warn other motorist’s of police radar that they observe, while driving? The answer is “yes”. Although it is legal, police find other means of pulling over motorists who expose their radar-trap location(s); motorists who use their headlights to warn approaching drivers are often charged under “Use of Passing Beam – section 168. of the Highway Traffic Act or Alternate Highbeams on Vehicles Prohibited – section 169 (2) of the Highway Traffic Act. If these two (2) sections are not used, police will find other inventive or creative ways under the law to pull whistle-blowing motorists over and give them a hard time.
A Guelph man was pulled over and ticketed after trying to warn other motorists about a speed trap.
Police observed the 71-year-old motorist driving eastbound on Wellington Street West at about 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, flashing his lights to warn westbound traffic of a trap set up by members of the Guelph Police Service’s traffic unit near Imperial Road South.
An officer in an unmarked vehicle noticed the car with the flashing headlights and, according to police, also noticed the validation sticker on its licence plate was expired.
The officer stopped the driver on the Hanlon Parkway. Investigation revealed his licence plates, as well as driver’s licence, were expired.
In a media release, Guelph Police seemed to savour the rare triumph over someone who tries to warn other motorists about speed traps, noting “it doesn’t pay to stand out in a crowd.” The release was titled “Good Samaritan Warns the Wrong Motorist.”
As a result of the incident, the 71-year-old Guelph man was fined $435 for driving without a currently validated permit and driving without a licence.
Use of Passing Beam
168. When on a highway at any time when lighted lamps are required to be displayed on vehicles, the driver of a motor vehicle equipped with multiple beam headlamps shall use the lower or passing beam when,
(a) approaching an oncoming vehicle within 150 metres; or
(b) following another vehicle within 60 metres, except when in the act of overtaking and passing. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 168.
169. (1) Despite section 168, highbeam headlamps that produce alternating flashes of white light may be used by a public utility emergency vehicle while responding to an emergency and by an emergency vehicle as defined in subsection 144 (1). R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 169 (1).
Alternating Highbeams on other Vehicles Prohibited
(2) No person shall use highbeam headlamps that produce alternating flashes of white light on any vehicle other than a vehicle referred to in subsection (1). R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 169 (2).