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On the Road in Europe: Flashing Headlights - A Moral Quandry

On the Road in Europe: Flashing Headlights - A Moral Quandry

Aug 9th, 2006, 04:14 PM
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BobBrown, when I lived in the States, my house was right next to a little community where just before entering their stretch of road, the speed limit was 40 MPH (2 lanes, each direction) & immediately around a curve, there was a sign stating 25 MPH. Right after that was the policeman with a radar gun.

Except for those who knew about it, the number of speeding tickets was phenomenal - enough to have a cop there 24 hours a day. I always flashed my lights but I think that has since become illegal.
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Aug 9th, 2006, 04:28 PM
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superh, I was referring to vehicles that were in the left hand lane passing cars in the right hand lane, when a vehicle behind them comes up flashing their lights as in "I don't care if you do want to pass the slower cars, get out of my way, I am more important". I have seen that so many times. I do know that vehicles are not suppose to drive in the left hand land except when they are passing other vehicles.

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Aug 9th, 2006, 04:35 PM
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As I posted earlier today and to backup Love Italy's theory, I have been in cars and have been driving myself in Italy and had someone speed up so fast behind my car in literally seconds and flash for me to get out of the way. Even though I had the car floored it wasn't nearly fast enough and I was overtaken so often that I now only go in the left lane for the few seconds it takes to pass another car.

They are flashing their lights at the driver in front of them!
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Aug 9th, 2006, 04:35 PM
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I saw it happening in the US, and it's been common practice in Australia for as long as I can remember. I have no problem with it at all, because the fines for quite minor infractions (over $100 for doing 65 in a 60 km/hr, say) are much more about revenue-raising than road safety. Having said that I'd happily make an exception for arrogant idiots like the driver of a Porsche Cayenne I saw doing over 80 through a 40 km/hr school zone.

Not that I was all that surprised - a study here in Australia revealed that drivers of large SUVs tend to exhibit a higher degree of me-first, antisocial attitudes and right-wing political views than drivers of conventional sedans, large and small.
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Aug 9th, 2006, 04:46 PM
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And in my area Neil it seems all the large SUV drivers are all holding a cell phone in one hand while they yack away, even in parking lots. I have seen more "near misses"..especially regarding the young people that take ones groceries from the store out to ones vehicles.

SeaUrchin, I personally won't drive in Italy..I never could figure out why my husband loved to, obviously you do also. We had experiences like you, very slow drivers in the right hand lane..believe basically tourist, pulled into the left hand lane to pass slow travelling cars in the right hand lane and varoom...along comes the hotshot Italian driver, lol. Even a few of my friends do that.
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Aug 9th, 2006, 04:52 PM
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I love to speed, Love Italy, so Italy and I get along great together!
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Aug 10th, 2006, 09:50 AM
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Georgia seems to have a rep for speed traps and a friend had this happen (and it's an old bit) that he parked in one town and the street cop came by and put a coin in his tyre treads and said they were too worn and thus he could be ticketed for driving an unsafe car - unless of course he visited the local tyre store for new treads! Now this happened years ago and i'm sure it wouldn't happen now??
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Aug 10th, 2006, 09:59 AM
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Here in Germany it's common to be flashed by oncoming traffic if you drive with your headlights on in daytime. My car doesn't have automatic daytime running lights, so I turn on my headlights for safety. Only once has the flashing ever turned out to be actually for radar. My neighbour tells me the running lights thing will change soon because as of next year's models, daytime running lights will be mandatory here. About time!
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