Revealing radar traps to other Motorists, is this act illegal?


How many times have you been driving on the highways or roads and have had other motorists, travelling the opposite way, either turn their vehicle’s headlights on and off (turn your headlights on) or turn their highbeams on or off (a radar trap is ahead, be cautious and slow down).  Of course, we know that the driver of the vehicle travelling the other way is  attempting to tell us:

A. That our headlights are off and need to be turned on, or

B. That we are coming upon police who have set up a radar trap and that we need to slow down to the posted speed or risk being pulled over and having a speeding ticket issued to us.

In many instances, it is us who are trying to warn other fellow motorists for the sake of safety to turn on their headlights or to warn others of the radar trap they are quickly approaching. We are only doing what we would expect others to do for us, in the same predicament.

It is ironic that police would even raise an eyebrow or charge motor vehicle operators for such supportative behaviour, given that it is the police who want us to drive safely or to slow down and they specifically set up radar traps to encourage safe driving.

Recently the Toronto Star reported that a driver, who was flashing his high beams to warn of a radar trap. Rather than being charged with this act, the police charged him, with a charge normally reserved for tow-truck operators installing “alternating headlights” where the right one flashes, followed by the left headlight and alternating back and forth, in an attempt to mimic emergency vehicles (police,fire & ambulance) so they can arrive to the site of the accident quickly, before the other tow trucks in the immediate vicinity.

There is nothing – nothing – in the Ontario Highway Traffic Act that says anything at all about warning other drivers of radar traps. It is just for this reason, that charges that had nothing to do with the Act, was laid.

The driver filed his Intention to Appear and received a court date.  When he arrived at his scheduled court date, the officer that laid the charge was present. The Prosecutor upon realizing that the ticket would be challenged, said to the Justice of the Peace “The Crown has no evidence in this case, your honour.”

The driver successfully defended himself and the ticket was dismissed.

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