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Court upholds traffic stop based on improper flashing of high beams

Jackson County v. Robert J. Troka, 2013AP317, District 4, 10/17/13; court of appeals decision (1-judge; ineligible for publication); case activity

A police officer lawfully stopped a car traveling in the opposite direction that flashed its high beams at the officer twice, once within about a half mile of the officer, the second time within about 200 feet of the officer, even though the officer’s high beams were not on. (¶¶3-4). The driver’s second flash of his high beams violated § 347.12(1)(a), which requires high beams to be dimmed when approaching an oncoming vehicle within 500 feet, except for intermittent flashing at an oncoming vehicle whose high-beam headlamps are lit. (¶¶13-14).

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