Legal. The USA's got it right. Legal radar detectors are a blow for freedom.
Illegal. Canada's got it right. Radar detectors help law breakers.
Where I live (150,000) the police have some of those mobile radar units. You know, those clunky-boxy things with the big amber/red digital readout. Trouble is, these units also have a camera which snaps a pic of your plate/tag if the readout turns red. Your ticket arrives in the mail (with pic). Have a nice day.
אשכנזי היהודי • Белый Россию
Radar detectors are not Legal Virginia, Washington DC. and on military bases.
Many police are using Lazar and laser jammers are legal in most U.S. states, but laws vary, so before you buy one check with local Police and State Highway Patrol, or D.P.S. before you turn on a jammer.
Last edited by Councilman; 09-04-11 at 04:40 AM.
Liberté. Égalité. Fraternité.
In short, with photo radar, law enforcement is breaking the law in order to enforce the law.
Illegal. Any item or service whose sole intent is to help individuals break the law should be removed from society.
You are presumed guilty unless you can produce the documentation that proves otherwise
אשכנזי היהודי • Белый Россию
With LIDAR.. the beam shot from the device if VERY small. That VERY small beam needs to hit DIRECTLY on the detector in order to pick it up and alert you. In Police LIDAR training, one is taught to aim the beam at the headlights/front grill of a vehicle, as the metalic surfaces there are more reflective and provide a stronger signal. Thus, unless you are putting a Laser detector on your headlight or front of the vehicle, the chance you will be alerted to the LIDAR tracking with the ability to slow down is near impossible.
With RADAR, your chances of not getting caught speeding are also very minimal, unless you are traveling in heavy traffic, in which case the officers won't be able to single you out very well anyways (unless of course, you are speeding in and out of lanes traveling at a rate of speed much faster than the other vehicles, then you are driving aggressive anyways and can be stopped WITHOUT a speed measurement).
You see, the average person's reaction speed is greater than the speed of light. Which is the speed that a radar beam travels and reports its data. So even if you detected a police RADAR signal, changes are great that the only thing you are going to do is let the officer know that you detected him, even though he already has your 65 in a 45 locked and is ready to stop you.
Speeding is not a right. Hell, driving is not a right. Being forced to drive at a safe speed does not violate anyone's rights. The only negative is that it takes a little longer to get to one's destination.
What's next, an app that shows where we can safely buy ecstasy and heroin? Come on. Ban all radar and laser detectors whose sole purpose is to make it easier to speed.