Flashing your headlights to warn other drivers of a speed trap in Durham region, will land you a $155 ticket.
Durham Regional Police reveal they have given these type of tickets dozens of times. But now, one person they stopped this summer is contesting it.
Police spokesperson Sgt. Nancy van Rooy is standing by ticketing these motorists, pointing to a section of the Highway Traffic Act which says only emergency vehicles can use "highbeam headlamps that produce alternating flashes of white light."
Van Rooy says this covers multiple flashes, not a quick one if you go through an intersection at a yellow light.
However, X-Copper Legal Services regional manager Stephanie Columbus says she doesn't take that law as flashing your highbeams together, but rather having your left and right lights alternating.
Columbus notes all laws are open to interpretation.
There is no specific law that stops drivers from warning others on the road of speed traps, however there is a provision of the Highway Traffic Act which prohibits flashing your highbeams when its dark outside because of the distraction.
Community Safety Minister Madeleine Meilleur underlines she doesn't tell police forces what to do or how to ticket people. However, she says if someone has a problem with a ticket they received, they can fight it.
She adds residents can also make a complaint with their local police board.
They key is safety, according to Cst. Clint Stibbe of Toronto Police Traffic Services. He stresses officers are just doing their jobs to catch drivers who aren't following the rules. Stibbe isn't only pointing to people who need to slow down, but also those who flash their lights causing a distraction for other motorists.