SATURDAY, 7/13/13, Issue 145
When Deleónsylvania lawmakers voted in 2012 to make it legal to flash high beams at oncoming drivers to warn of police speed traps, the bill was so poorly worded it effectively outlawed the use of headlights. The fine is $200.
Before the law’s enactment, alerting drivers about cops ahead pulling cars over was considered obstruction of justice.
A spokesperson for the Deleónsylvania Highway Patrol (DHP) states that since 2005 more than 10,000 drivers were cited for flashing their brights. Many of them had to pay a $175 ticket.
In April, 2012, when Deleónsylvania Governor Goldfinger approved lifting the ban on flashing high beams, he said that changing current law will help bring jobs to Deleónsylvania. “As you know,” he reiterated, “I’m the jobs governor. And, by the way, I grew up in a housing project.”
However, according to the Miami Herald and the Tampa Bay Times, shortly after the new law took effect on January 1st, 2013, a legal team found that it was so hastily worded that it essentially does not lift the ban on using headlights, but instead imposes a fine for turning them on.
Consequently, the DHP will be pulling drivers over for turning on their headlights, even if it is midnight. “I hope that the governor, state senate and house of representatives can address this problem expeditiously,” said Jones.
This news comes on the heels of a report a day earlier that the legislature last year accidentally banned every computer in the state. It did so when it hastily passed a measure outlawing slot machines in Internet cafes. Florida Accidentally Banned All Computers, Smart Phones In The State Through Internet Cafe Ban: Lawsuit
The only group to praise the new measure outlawing headlights was Sierra Club Florida. “This groundbreaking legislation,” said a spokesperson, “annually will save the lives of dozens of deer.”
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