On 19 Apr 2004 17:42:35 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Charlie Self)
|Tim Douglass responds:
|>>: And in Oregon it's against the law to flash your lights at someone to
|>>: either get them to move over or to get them to dim their lights.
|>>Now that's a stupid law!
|>As I understand it, the law was enacted to prevent people from
|>flashing their lights to warn oncoming motorists of a speed trap - the
|>other things are just side effects of badly written legislation.
To get from my house into the city I have to drive through Saguaro
National Park. The road is a winding, up and down, two-lane road with
lots of blind curves. The park actually expanded to include the road,
which is basically a commuter route. Nevertheless, it is a national
park and visitors are often gawking and otherwise lollygagging,
bicyclists are bicycling, walkers are walking, etc. while others are
late for work.
We "Friends of the Park" often flash our lights to warn oncoming
traffic about some hazard or another. Just makes sense to tip off the
unwary. 'Course it works the same when the park ranger is on patrol
|>I might add that I don't think it is actually enforced, either.
|There are literally thousands of these asinine laws on the books, some funny,
|most just moronic...but capable of great twisting at the hands of authorities
|who lack moral tone. Such laws should automatically be phased out after xxx
|years. Maybe 5?
Even better would be a rule that in order to enact a new law they have
to rescind two old ones.