Oregon judge: flashing headlights is free speech

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MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A Jackson County judge says flashing your headlights to warn other drivers about nearby law enforcement is protected as free speech under the Oregon Constitution.

Jackson County Justice Court Judge Joe Charter ruled March 26 that a driver on Highway 140 didn’t break any law last September when he used his high-beams to warn other driver about a sheriff’s deputy in the car behind.

The Mail Tribune reports Christopher Hill, of Klamath Falls was driving a commercial truck near White City while a Jackson County sheriff’s deputy drove behind him.

Another deputy spotted Hill flashing his high-beams and radioed the deputy behind Hill, who pulled him over.

Hill was cited for unlawfully using his headlights but contested the ticket, saying free speech protected his actions.

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