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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-08-2007, 02:32 PM Thread Starter
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Legislation Would Put Ban on Radar Detectors

There is proposed legislation going through the Senate right now that will ban the use of radar detectors. According to the legislation, it’s supposed “to protect the public from drivers who think they can speed with impunity by using radar detection devices.”

The legislation, sponsored by Senator Steve Oelrich of Gainesville, Florida, would make using a radar detector a secondary traffic infraction, which means you could be ticketed were pulled over for another offense and found to be using a radar detector.

Ken Underwood, President of the National Safety Commission, is praising the bill. I suspect that Mr. Underwood is not a radar detector user:

“This bill is a positive step to protect Florida families on roads and highways from speeding drivers.”

Mr. Underwood went on to say that “Radar detectors give drivers a false sense of security that they can speed as much as they want without facing the consequences of breaking the law,” Underwood said. “Speed limits are important because they are proven to help prevent accidents and save lives, and using a radar detector encourages people to drive at unsafe speeds.”

According to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, in 2005, more than 380 Florida drivers were killed in accidents where excessive speed was the major contributing factor in the crash. Apparently to reduce the danger caused by speeding, nine other states have prohibited the use of radar detectors, including Illinois and Virginia.

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Is this such a bad thing? I think not...
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They are just tired of being in the technology race to keep ahead of the detectors. Make them illegal and they won't have to play anymore.

I'll just put mine where you can't see it from the outside and have VG2 turned on all the time.


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I'm actually all for it too... A little speeding isn't that bad, but most people that purchase these use them to just plain HAUL ARSE, and slam on the breaks the moment it beeps to get down to the actual speed limit. Believe it or not most officers won't write citations for the mileage per hour of 5 to 10 mph over. Anything more than that then you're wrote. So... in most cases you can travel up to 80 mph on the interstate, and up 65 mph on the highways without being bothered with a citation. Of course, there are some officers out there that will write for every and anything. Speeding in town though doesn't accomplish anything. Who has ever been passed by someone just traveling extremely fast, and reckless, just to come to a stop beside them or behind them at the next traffic light?

I personally don't use a radar detector, and in most cases they don't actually do the driver any good anyway. There is what officer call the "screw you" button. The radar unit is on stand-by, and once a speeding car is observed, the button is pushed and the speed is automatically read and a lock on the vehicle can be done at the same time. This all occurs before the driver can even react to the sound of his/her detector sounding off.

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Accidental repost.

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You just know the insurance industry is behind this
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To be quite honest, I stopped speeding so much when I got mine. Now I speed when I need to, and when it's appropriate (yes there are times), and sometimes I'm doing 25 over just to keep up with traffic. But I want to know if there is a speed trap anywhere around, or if I'm close to a cop with a radar gun. I don't adjust my speed unless it really freaks out. And of course, it's almost useless against laser, but hardly anyone uses them around here.

I don't see why I can't be informed about what's being used to monitor me.


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TN has a law sorta like this one but it only relates to commercial vehicles. It says they can't have the detectors in their vehicle. And just to let everyone know, there is a system that is in use by agencies that lets an officer know if a vehicle has a detector unit in them.

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I had a detector in my car a few years back and decided that it was worthless. Between laser speed detectors and that most agencies have radar that doesn't have to be locked on at all times I never avoided a ticket and in fact had 3 tickets in the time I owned one. Legislation banning them is a little much IMO but thats just because I'm a nutty right winger that isn't a fan of more government control.

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I bought another one after the last speeding ticket I got in my car about 5 or 6 years ago, and I haven't had a ticket or gotten pulled over for speeding in my car/truck since.

I got a ticket on my bike last year, but I don't have a radar detector on my bike. Even if I had one, it wouldn't have saved me in that particular situation, since it was a speed trap using laser as I came over the top of hill.


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I've always been a fan of the 5 liter Mustangs California Highway Patrol had. Though I'm not a fan of CHP, all the tickets I got when I was in the Marine Corps were from them (tickets when I had the detector). When I got pulled over in AZ they'd just tell me to slow down and thanks for serving. Damn California!

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All I have to say is my detector has more than paid for itself, several times over. I use it within reason, I don't "haul ass" everywhere. When used in traffic it gives you plenty of warning.
Drugs are outlawed, too, but plenty of folks still use them.
Just sounds like more revenue generating tactics.
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