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Monday, September 19, 2011

Floridian Who Flashed Headlights Sues Police over Free Speech


“When Erich Campbell passed two Florida Highway Patrol cruisers parked in the median near Tampa International Airport in December 2009, he flashed his headlights to warn oncoming drivers of the radar patrol. Then, to his surprise, one of the troopers pulled over his silver Toyota Tundra and ticketed him for improper flashing of high beams. In August, the Land O’Lakes, Fla., resident filed a class-action lawsuit in Tallahassee against the highway patrol and other state traffic-enforcement agencies. . . . Campbell’s lawyer, J. Marc Jones, claims his client’s First Amendment right to free speech was violated.” (USA Today)

It certainly looks like communication.

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