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    Re: Should radar detectors be legal (as in the USA) or illegal (as in Canada)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    I remember reading an article about computer-driven cars. There are big tech hurdles before it's feasible. One existing technology to prevent speeding is cruise control. It's really easy to accidentally speed, especially on long trips where you can forget to pay attention to your speed. With cruise control, you can just put in what speed you want to go and it keeps it that way.
    The tech hurdles aren't as challenging as you might think. A missing feature from cruise control which we're looking for is to prevent intentional speeding. I can confidently say that with respect to the set of people who buy radar detectors, the number of people who buy them to prevent accidentally speeding is miniscule. Furthermore, cruise is practically only useful for roads where your expected speed rarely changes, e.g. highways. I especially like some of the benefits of an auto-drive system which are not immediately obvious. It's funny to think of what a getaway car would be like then.
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    Re: Should radar detectors be legal (as in the USA) or illegal (as in Canada)?

    Since I don't know anyone who even owns one, I'm finding it difficult to care. Over all, I believe people should have the right to legally own something that has been lawfully manufactured.

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    Re: Should radar detectors be legal (as in the USA) or illegal (as in Canada)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    Should radar detectors be legal (as in the USA) or illegal (as in Canada)?
    They should be perfectly legal.If LEOs can use radar guns, phone taps and what ever else then the rest of the population should be allowed to use what ever counter and detection measures they wish.
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    Re: Should radar detectors be legal (as in the USA) or illegal (as in Canada)?

    I couldn't care less whether they're legal or not. I can speed just fine without one, and since LIDAR is becoming more popular, the detectors are becoming more and more useless.
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    Re: Should radar detectors be legal (as in the USA) or illegal (as in Canada)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    I remember reading an article about computer-driven cars. There are big tech hurdles before it's feasible.
    Actually, it's a lot closer than you think. Google already has a fleet of computer-driven cars that have logged several million miles on California public roads with pretty much no problems.

    The psychological hurdles are going to be a much bigger problem for that kind of thing taking off.
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    Re: Should radar detectors be legal (as in the USA) or illegal (as in Canada)?

    I honestly do not care.
    I wasn't given the nickname 'Leadfoot' for nothing ~LoL~
    I have an issue about speeding, I have gotten more than my fair share of speeding tickets, but I'm doing better (about not getting any), as I get older *ha*
    I try to watch my speed more often, the tickets do get costly.
    Around where I live, if there is a copper up ahead, the oncoming traffic usually flashes their lights, to let those that are headed that way- know that there is a police man up there!

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    Re: Should radar detectors be legal (as in the USA) or illegal (as in Canada)?

    If the primary concern of law enforcement is "public safety", and not revenue generation, then radar detectors should be illegal.
    I think that the "law" can communicate better; also the "law" can use their head better ....nothing wrong with going 100 mph on a deserted thruway at 2 in the morn,IMO.... I'm sure that the Germans do this without a problem...

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    Re: Should radar detectors be legal (as in the USA) or illegal (as in Canada)?

    They should be legal.

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    Re: Should radar detectors be legal (as in the USA) or illegal (as in Canada)?

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    If the primary concern of law enforcement is "public safety", and not revenue generation, then radar detectors should be illegal.
    I think that the "law" can communicate better; also the "law" can use their head better ....nothing wrong with going 100 mph on a deserted thruway at 2 in the morn,IMO.... I'm sure that the Germans do this without a problem...
    All of this will be solved when the public is willing to adopt strictly using auto-drive: safety, speeds variable with traffic a factor, no speeding tickets, cops can put themselves to better use.
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    Re: Should radar detectors be legal (as in the USA) or illegal (as in Canada)?

    Maybe we just need more sensible traffic laws, and to stop fining people for driving at a comfortable and safe speed. Reckless drivers absolutely should be stopped, but going fast does not always entail reckless. Traffic tickets exist almost entirely as a source of revenue for police precincts. How about we actually fund our law enforcement, so they don't have to harass us in order to stay employed? And let's stop with all the stupid drug war crap, which also fuels the behavior of pulling people over all the time. Yes, a lot of it is in order to find a reason to search your car for drugs.

    So really, I don't care about the radar stuff... I'd rather fix the root problem than get into an arms race with police.
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