98.3 TRY Social Dilemma: Do You Warn Other Drivers When You See A Police Officer?


ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Tuesday’s 98.3 TRY Social Dilemma came from Benjamin. He has kind of a legal friendly question. Here’s his email: 

Hey Jaime.

I love listening to your social dilemma every day. I have one that I always argue with my wife about, and it has to do with driving. Whenever I’m driving, and I see a police car hiding to try to catch speeders, I always flash my lights at oncoming traffic so they know to slow it down. My wife thinks this is illegal in some way, and that I shouldn’t do it. If they’re speeding, they should be stopped. I understand how she feels, but first I don’t believe it’s illegal, and second there’s nothing wrong with helping out a fellow driver. Nobody wants to get a ticket. What do you think? Is it okay to flash the drivers to warn them of a police officer ahead, or do you just drive on by and whatever happens, happens.

Thanks so much Jaime. We’ll be listening, as always.

~ Benjamin

Well, I have to admit that I have certainly flashed drivers in the past when I’ve seen police officers. I don’t do it so much anymore because somehow it feels wrong to me. I don’t know when it changed for me, but it did. I’ve also had people flash their lights at me to warn me, but I try to be a pretty safe driver so it’s rare that I would be speeding. So this is a tough one.

What would you do? Do you flash your lights for other drivers or do you just drive on by? Let’s help Benjamin and his wife out. Let us know on the NEWS10 Facebook page or let Jaime know on the TRY Facebook page.

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