Road rule mythbuster: high beam speed trap warnings illegal

AVOID A FINE: It pays to know the road rules on high beams and fog lights.
AVOID A FINE: It pays to know the road rules on high beams and fog lights. Warren Lynam

YOU see police conducting random breath tests or a speed radar on the side of the highway and you give a little flash of the headlights to the oncoming traffic.

Harmless, right?

In this week's Road Rule Rumours column, police have reiterated that the flashing of headlights is illegal.

The act can cost the offender $45 and one demerit point.

Sergeant Dave Nelson said police conducting operations on highways would often have an unmarked vehicle parked up ahead to nab drivers who tried to warn other motorists.

"It is illegal to use high beams within 200 metres behind or in front of another vehicle ... by flashing your headlights, you are using your high beams," Sgt Nelson said.

"That is illegal."

Sgt Nelson said it was fine for drivers to turn their headlights on during the day.

"The Queensland Police Service even encouraged it during their Christmas road safety campaign," he said.

"It's useful for highway driving as well.

"But once you flash those high beams, you are dazzling the driver coming towards you and that is an offence."

The rules are different when it comes to fog lights.

The driver of a vehicle fitted with a front or rear fog light must not operate that light unless in fog or other hazardous weather conditions causing reduced visibility.

If you are using your fog lights during the day or night in and clear weather conditions, you are a committing an offence that comes with a fine of $45 and no demerit points.

Many modern cars have been designed with front and/or rear fog lights.

Front fog lights are usually a round light assembly producing a wide flat beam of light and are positioned on the front of the vehicle on the bumper.

The rear fog light may be a single red light or form part of the tail light.

Daytime running lights are different again.

Since 2011, these have been fitted as standard in all new passenger cars manufactured in Europe.

Many other countries have the same standard too.

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