Flashing our headlights is almost a second language in The Garden State.

Have you ever wondered if what you're doing is actually illegal? I did.

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I was on the Parkway North over the weekend at night.

I'm generally a right-lane driver that sticks to 70-75 mph. Why?

Well, other than being well over the speed limit, I have the worst luck with getting pulled over by the cops.

I might as well have one of those giant signs that display your speed on my roof.

Oh, I follow all of the best practices. Always stay "in the pack," and never linger in the left lane. Still, I could be going 66 mph and I will be the dope that sees the red and blue lights in the rearview.

Photo by Julian Klumpers on Unsplash
Photo by Julian Klumpers on Unsplash
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Back to the Parkway. I'm going about 75 in the right lane and a car starts to crawl up my...tail.

Keep in mind I'm in the right lane. I kept doing my thing hoping the car would pass.

They didn't.

Instead, the high beam flashing started. You never know what kind of people are behind the wheel, so I shifted left and let them fly by.

I was really annoyed the entire trip. You know the feeling. It's not a huge deal, but the rage lingers.

It got me thinking about whether or not flashing one's headlights is illegal or not.

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Remember, it's not always an annoyance. Many times it's a courteous way to communicate.

I've always used my lights to let another driver know it's alright to pull in front of me in a parking lot.

Some people even do a quick flash to let others know they are turning a difficult corner.

Is it illegal to flash your headlights at another driver in New Jersey?

Believe it or not, flashing headlights is considered a First Amendment right.

According to The First Amendment Encyclopedia:

In 1999, a New Jersey appellate court held that the act of flashing one’s headlights as a warning is a free speech right protected by the First Amendment.

I told you headlight flashing was another language.

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