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View Poll Results: Do you flash to warn about speed traps?
Yes (even if it's rarely) 130 74.29%
Never 45 25.71%
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Old April 6th, 2008, 08:16 AM   #1
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Do you flash to warn about speed traps?

In former Soviet countries, drivers almost always flash their headlights to warn oncoming traffic about speed traps. In Europe, drivers don't have this habit, but there are very few speed traps as well. In the USA drivers flash very rarely, and it depends on the state. In Washington state, they flash sometimes, and it actually helped me once on a 2-lane road in the middle of nowhere.

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Old April 6th, 2008, 08:35 AM   #2
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I'm from Britain, but now live in NZ. I never flash to warn. If people are speeding its their own darn fault.

In NZ the drivers are pretty poor and the death rate on the roads is so high that people really need to learn to keep to the speed limit and so the more fines that are issued, the better.
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Old April 6th, 2008, 08:35 AM   #3
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I seen a bus driver do it once. Helped me slow down before a cop. There are few speed traps around here.
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Old April 6th, 2008, 09:47 AM   #4
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It's not really common in the States like Alex said. In all the years I've been here, I've been warned only once. They still do it in Poland fairly often though from what I've noticed.
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Old April 6th, 2008, 10:08 AM   #5
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When entering the town of Doorn, Netherlands, you go steep off-hill. When not breaking your speed is about 80-90 when entering the town. However, the speed limit is 50, so often the police puts speed traps at the beginning of the town. Here most people flash to warn those entering the town.
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Old April 6th, 2008, 10:36 AM   #6
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In Poland we do flash pretty often, and I do so as well

It is pretty much connected with my style of driving
Others warn me, I warn otheres
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Old April 6th, 2008, 11:48 AM   #7
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I've only seen one speed trap in my 2 year of driving,and even that was watching the the other direction so I never had to flash for this reason yet.
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Old April 6th, 2008, 12:35 PM   #8
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I usually flash, but not on fixed speed traps.

Because i think 95% of the speed traps in the Netherlands has nothing to do with traffic safety, but is only about cashing.
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Old April 6th, 2008, 12:46 PM   #9
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Because i think 95% of the speed traps in the Netherlands has nothing to do with traffic safety, but is only about cashing.
the same is here in Croatia, only collecting cash, it has nothing with safety. plus speed limits which sometimes don't make any sense - favourite places to do that. and flashing is a custom here to do here from ancient times
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Old April 6th, 2008, 12:47 PM   #10
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Same (chriswollez). I sometimes flash if it's a mobile speed camera and not a fixed position.

Same on chriswollez's second point too. In the UK, it's mostly about making money
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funny, here in Croatia we have opinion that in EU it doesn't have anything with money
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Old April 6th, 2008, 12:54 PM   #12
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In the USA, it is the same. Otherwise, you cannot explain why police don't care about other violations.
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Old April 6th, 2008, 12:55 PM   #13
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I don't know about the rest of the EU, but in the UK, it is the local councils (districts) that place the speed cameras. And they do it entirely for money.
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Old April 6th, 2008, 01:27 PM   #14
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Same situation in Poland(for some cameras) - it's 100% making a mint
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No. I don't care.
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Old April 6th, 2008, 02:35 PM   #16
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I still never understood the argument about "making money". If people aren't speeding, they won't get ticketed and thus they won't lose money.

It does seem like an overly simplistic conclusion to draw, but as a pedestrian or as a cyclist I very much appreciate it when people slow down through residential areas and when people stick to the speed limits on country roads thus I am 100% in favour of speed cameras and mobile speed traps.
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Old April 6th, 2008, 02:43 PM   #17
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Yeah, but in the Netherlands, speed camera's and mobile speed traps are usually on places where there are no pedestrians or cyclists.

For instance, on the ringroad of Zwolle, there is a section of 2x2 lanes with a median. You are only allowed to drive 50 here, which feels like crawling. Ofcourse, this section is littered with about 6 -7 speed camera's.

You won't find a speed camera near schools here. Speed checking is okay, as long as speed limits are complying with the design speed of the roads. Since 70% of all speed tickets is for less than 10km/h too fast, i can only say it's only about making money.
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Old April 6th, 2008, 02:45 PM   #18
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Here we flash other peoples to tell them: "Get the f**k out of my way ... LOOSER!"
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Old April 6th, 2008, 03:10 PM   #19
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Usually I don't flash, only when oncoming traffic is nearby when i just passed a spot where they regulary check. Then it's likely that drivers who are familiar with the road get the message because they know that spot too.
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Old April 6th, 2008, 03:27 PM   #20
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I still never understood the argument about "making money"
yeah, but most of speed cameras/speed traps are in places where it has little to do with safety

If You blindly belive in speed limits and consider them as ALWAYS being logical and justified, then speed cameras are perfect. for me, they are not

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Here we flash other peoples to tell them: "Get the f**k out of my way ... LOOSER!"
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