Highway Code: How flashing your headlights to try and be helpful could end with you being fined £1,000

Highway Code: How flashing your headlights to try and be helpful could end with you being fined £1,000

Driving in London is certainly not for the faint-hearted – the chaos and stress of the capital’s road can feel unpredictable and, at times, unfair.

A number of drivers look to help others out on the roads when it comes to obstructions or speed cameras.

Well one sneaking driving rule could see you slammed with a £1,000 fine, whether you were trying to be a good Samaritan or not.

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It’s not always clear where and when speed cameras will pop up on London’s roads, but if you attempt to warn other road users of their presence you could pay a heavy price.

Deemed as “wilfully obstructing a constable in the execution of his/her duty”, warning other drivers of police speed traps can land you with a £1000 fine.

This falls under breaking section 89 of the Police Act 1996, according to WhatCar?

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According to the Highway Code, you should “only flash your headlights to let other road users know that you are there.”

The code goes on: “Do not flash your headlights to convey any other message or intimidate other road users”.

With this in mind, it may be easier to think twice next time you hope to warn other road users of the presence of speed cameras, unless you have very deep pockets.

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