Not that these were lights that you want to see…
Unless you’re in need, or being led through a situation by them…
These lights –
Yes. I have finally been pulled over by the police. Call it an inevitable experience or not…or just a silly thing that I did…
What did I do, exactly? I flashed my brights at the wrong car. I knew it was the wrong car immediately after flashing them (in the incorrect impression that their high-beam lights were on) because they had the sign of a cop car in Wisconsin – the brown plate with a star on it.
Oh shit…and then he slows and turns around, so I turn onto the side street that I was going to go on anyway, and pull off to the side as I knew he was pulling me over.
Upon stopping, I set my brake, placed the car in park, turned the radio off, rolled down the window and turned the engine off. I also took out my wallet in order to get two things – licence & proof of insurance. After about a minute or so, the officer comes up to my window, and asks why I flashed my lights. I explained that I thought that he had his brights on.
He informed me that it is something that is unlawful to do* that as it can blind people, and he asks for my license, so I give it to him along with my insurance card.
“Since I see that you have a valid license, there will be no citation, just a warn and go, drive safely.”
And he walked away. He didn’t even give me a written warning, just the verbal advice 🙂
The moral of the story? Keep your nose clean, and if you ever do get pulled over, be pleasant, and you wind up learning new things and get an interesting experience.
Now, let’s hope this doesn’t make me a marked man around town…a known light flasher yano 😀
*So, of course, I had to check into the state statute when it comes to using high-beams, and this is an extract from Wisconsin Statutes Chapter 347.12 –
Whenever the operator of a vehicle equipped with multiple-beam headlamps approaches an oncoming vehicle within 500 feet, the operator shall dim, depress or tilt the vehicle’s headlights so that the glaring rays are not directed into the eyes of the operator of the other vehicle. This paragraph does not prohibit an operator from intermittently flashing the vehicle’s high-beam headlamps at an oncoming vehicle whose high-beam headlamps are lit.
Legally, I was well within my rights to flash my lights (which was maybe for a second at most, just a quick flash) as I had (mistakenly, as it turns out) thought the oncoming vehicle did have its high-beam headlights lit