Ryan Kintner Speaks With His Car

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23 Responses

  1. Roll on brother Ryan!

  2. Ed says:

    I'm confused. Is that the name of the cop?

  3. ShelbyC says:

    Huh? It's hard to imagine that hi-beams are flashing lights within the meaning of the statute.

  4. Dan Weber says:

    I've heard before of statutes that restrict your ability to warn other motorists of speed traps. I'd expect most of them to fail when subjected to First Amendment scrutiny, however.

  5. David Schwartz says:

    I agree with ShelbyC. The statute is about the construction of lights on vehicles, not their use. It doesn't prohibit causing an ordinary light to flash but having a light that is constructed to flash.

  6. Kasey says:

    You know, lesser men would read this article and assume that you were writing sarcastically to point out the alleged absurdity of such a first amendment claim.

    Thankfully, I am not a lesser man, and read this article in as the full-throated support of us car-talkers and our rights under the Constitution.

    Preach on, brother Patrick

  7. Secular Absolutist says:

    sigh… Yes, I breath a little better for this outcome. Sadly, it had to come to this. Very sadly. Too many cops and politicians doing it for the wrong reasons.

  8. The police are clearly trying to protect us from gang initiation rites where those gang members drive around with their high beams on and have to HUNT DOWN and MURDER the first person who flashes their high beams at them. It could have happened to Ryan! That deputy sheriff may very well have saved his life!

    Snopes? No, I've never heard of this "Snopes" thing. Why do you ask?

  9. Xenocles says:

    Radar isn't ionizing.

  10. TomB says:

    Radar isn't ionizing.

    And the word "gullible" isn't in the dictionary.


  11. Windypundit says:

    You know, your tone is mocking, but I can't see how this is a bad thing. Silly, yes. But bad? "First they came for the headlight flashers, and I did not speak out, because I was not a headlight flasher…"

  12. SPQR says:

    Its the microwaves, man.

  13. Jess says:

    It could be an interesting case and precedent given that our government via DHS and local police agencies has at lat count, more than more than 500 mobile backscatter x-ray scanners deployed across the US. I'm not talking about what I assume was a radar detection unit for speeding in this particular case, but the new mobile scanners our government now appear to be in so in love with and which can be pointed an innocent citizens without their knowlege or consent.

  14. bill. says:

    Hearing about cops hassling light flashers was probably one of the first things that made me reevaluate how I looked at the police. By flashing your lights you're telling everyone to slow down and obey the law. But it turns out the police don't care about safety because they'd rather harass people and take their money.

  15. delurking says:

    Interesting: in Florida, if you are driving really slowly, it is not legal to have your hazard lights flashing.

  16. Woodman says:

    Every place I know of it's illegal to drive with your flashers on. Hazard lights are to indicate that your vehicle is immobile and is a hazard to others.

    Not to show that you overloaded your vehicle with carp, or that some guy in front of you is slowing down on the highway, or any number of things that people use them for.

  17. Ygolonac says:

    delurking – correct, otherwise you'd stand out from the swarms of senior citizens.

    I expect that any future light-flashing would be targeted with whatever "interference with police activity" statutes they could squeeze it under.

  18. astuartgirl says:

    @delurking – "Interesting: in Florida, if you are driving really slowly, it is not legal to have your hazard lights flashing."

    Sadly: in South Florida, this is every other car when it rains.

  19. Mike says:

    For what its worth, this is not an unimportant precedent as a number of jurisdictions are looking to further clamp down on this sort of thing.

    I'm thinking in particular about a number of news reports I've read about authorities looking to stop people (somehow) from tweeting radar and DUI checkstop locations.

  20. Garrett says:


    > Every place I know of it's illegal to drive with your flashers on. Hazard lights are to > indicate that your vehicle is immobile and is a hazard to others.

    Here in Pennsylvania, the mountainous sections of Interstate frequently have signs indicating that drivers should use flashers if travelling below a certain speed (typically 40 mph). This is generally used by either heavy trucks on a steep grade or in severe weather.

  21. ShelbyC says:

    Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office wants armed drones? Why? So they can shoot the tow trucks trying to repo their cars when they don't pay their bill? Whatever happed with that anyway?

  22. Joe Mama says:

    "Flashing lights are prohibited on vehicles except as…"

    Dumb ass cops need to go back to grade school and retake the class on nouns and verbs.