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NJ bill would protect speed trap alert

4-9-14

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Motorists in New Jersey who flash their headlights to warn others about speed traps might be better shielded from getting a ticket.

Assemblyman Ronald Dancer has introduced a bill that clarifies that motorists can flash their headlights in the direction of oncoming traffic to warn of accidents, hazards or speed traps.

The Ocean County Republican says it’s a free speech issue.

An appeals court ruled in 1999 that the state law against misusing headlights “was never intended to prohibit a motorist from warning oncoming motorists that a speed trap lies ahead.”

South Brunswick Police Chief Ray Hayducka tells The Star-Ledger of Newark (http://bit.ly/1hp8jAp ) he doesn’t think many people are aware of the ruling. The New Jersey Police Chiefs Association spokesman says a law would make police officers’ jobs more difficult.

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Information from: The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger, http://www.nj.com