Springtime in the Rockies means lots of wildlife are waking up. Larger animals like bears are starting to wake up from their winter hibernation. Elk and deer are becoming more active, and even the smaller critters like squirrels, skunks, and prairie dogs can already be seen running back and forth across the backroads in many parts of the state.

When you see wildlife near the road in Colorado, is it illegal to warn oncoming motorists by blinking your headlights or flashing your brights? This is very illegal in several states, but what about ours?

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Flashing Headlights Is Illegal In Some States

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Did you know in states like Alaska, Arizona, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, and North Dakota, it is illegal to flash your headlights at an oncoming vehicle less than 500 feet away, even if you are trying to warn them about a hazard on the road?

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Colorado's Headlight Law

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The law is slightly different here in Colorado. You still can't flash your brights at an oncoming car less than 500 feet away. While Colorado does not have a law on the books that makes flashing your brights illegal from a distance, Colo. Rev. Stat. § 42-4-217 says you could receive a citation for flashing your brights at an oncoming vehicle within 500 feet. You can also get a ticket for using your brights within 200 feet of a vehicle in front of you.

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It's All About Distance

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In summary, if you see deer crossing the road, you can flash your brights at oncoming cars as long as they are more than 500 feet away. Any closer, and you risk the possibility of a ticket according to Colorado's headlight laws.

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KEEP GOING: White Knuckle Your Way Down Colorado's Most Dangerous Roads

Slivers of asphalt cling to mountainsides with barely enough room for a subcompact car, let alone the monster RVs peppering the roadways. Blind corners leave even the most experienced drivers wondering what awaits around the bend. Let's not forget the thousand-foot drops with nothing between safety and impending doom but a thin slice of gravel -- talk about white knuckles.

If you're brave enough to "risk your life" for beautiful views, you won't be disappointed.

How many of these dangerous roads have you traveled in Colorado?

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