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Motorists' Protected Speech: Flashing Headlights

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Motorists' Protected Speech: Flashing Headlights

Motorists' Protected Speech: Flashing Headlights

Motorists' Protected Speech: Flashing Headlights

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NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Harlie "Bill" Walker, from Franklin, Tenn. Mr. Walker flashed his car headlights at other motorists this past August to warn of a speed trap ahead. The city said Walker had violated an ordinance, and fined him $10 plus court costs. He and a town attorney appealed to the circuit court, where Judge Russ Heldman cleared Walker of all charges, saying that flashing lights to warn of a police officer is protected by the First Amendment.