Man sues Florida for right to flash headlights

TALLAHASSEE — Erich Campbell thought he was just being helpful the night he flashed his headlights on a busy Tampa highway to warn drivers of a police speed trap ahead.

The Florida Highway Patrol didn’t appreciate the help. Officers pulled Campbell over and ticketed him.

Flashing your lights is illegal, they said.

Claiming no such law exists, Campbell, 38, of Land O’Lakes, got angry. Now he wants to get even: He filed a lawsuit on behalf of every other driver in Florida ticketed for the same violation over the past six years, accusing police of misinterpreting state law and violating motorists’ free speech rights.

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