The Highway Traffic Act rule could see drivers fined £1,000 for flashing lights
The rules of the road saw significant changes in January and drivers were advised to familiarize themselves with the new rules. Rules 110 and 111 state when motorists should and should not use their headlights.
The rules state: “Only flash your headlights to let other road users know you are there. Do not flash your headlights to convey another message or intimidate other road users.
“Never assume flashing headlights are a cue to continue. Use your own judgment and proceed with caution.
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But drivers can be fined up to £1,000 for using their headlights in a different way, reports The Express. According to Section 89 of the Police Act 1997, motorists can be fined or prosecuted if they obstruct the police in their duty.
It reads as follows: “Everyone who willfully resists or obstructs a constable in the performance of his duties, or a person assisting a constable in the performance of his duties, is guilty of an offense and liable on conviction by summary conviction, imprisonment for a term not exceeding one month or a fine not exceeding the third degree of the normal scale, or both.”
Police often arrest drivers for flashing other motorists. In 2019, a driver who flashed his headlights on a police cruiser ended up being arrested when officers discovered he was on drugs.
The motorist allegedly tried to warn the vehicle approaching him that there was a radar in front of him. Cops pulled him over to give him some ‘friendly advice’ as he didn’t realize he was warning traffic cops of one of their own GoSafe mobile vans. The man was eventually arrested after he was discovered doing drugs
A new study from the RAC indicates that nine out of 10 UK drivers think car headlights are too bright. The majority of respondents say they are often dazzled by other vehicles.
The data also suggests the situation appears to be getting worse, with 63% of drivers saying it was happening more often than a year ago. One in four motorists say they are now more frequently dazzled.
Worried, one in 10 road users say it takes more than six seconds to regain their sight after being dazzled by headlights. About 65% said it took them between one and five seconds.
Rod Dennis, RAC spokesperson, said: “There are a number of factors that contribute to whether or not a headlight dazzles another driver, the most important being the angle of the headlights when you look at them. If they’re not angled correctly – or if the driver of the oncoming car forgot to dim their headlights – chances are you’ll be blinded.
“Modern LED headlight technology may also have a role to play as the human eye reacts differently to the ‘blue light’ of LEDs and the ‘yellow light’ of conventional halogen headlights.”
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