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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.
    You have that ass backwards.
    Radar detectors being illegal would benefit revenue generation, as that is one less ticket that is being written.
    Radar detectors being LEGAL would benefit public safety. Because now an officer can increase the safety of traffic by just flipping a switch and watching all the cars slow down.
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    Re: Should radar detectors be legal (as in the USA) or illegal (as in Canada)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Caine View Post
    You have that ass backwards.
    Radar detectors being illegal would benefit revenue generation, as that is one less ticket that is being written.
    Radar detectors being LEGAL would benefit public safety. Because now an officer can increase the safety of traffic by just flipping a switch and watching all the cars slow down.
    Doesn't a healthy fear of authority create the exact same effect?
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    Re: Should radar detectors be legal (as in the USA) or illegal (as in Canada)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Phys251 View Post
    Doesn't a healthy fear of authority create the exact same effect?
    Yes it does.
    Personally I believe writing tickets is the only thing that guarantees traffic safety laws will be followed.

    Officers can stop cars for traffic violations and risk injury to themselves from the fact that a traffic stop is an unknown risk just to give out verbal warnings all day long. And at the end of a month, people are just going to be like, "He isn't giving out tickets so who cares"

    If you give too many warnings..... it builds up a belief in the public that nothing of substance is going to be done to them for violating the law.
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    Re: Should radar detectors be legal (as in the USA) or illegal (as in Canada)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Caine View Post
    Yes it does.
    Personally I believe writing tickets is the only thing that guarantees traffic safety laws will be followed.

    Officers can stop cars for traffic violations and risk injury to themselves from the fact that a traffic stop is an unknown risk just to give out verbal warnings all day long. And at the end of a month, people are just going to be like, "He isn't giving out tickets so who cares"

    If you give too many warnings..... it builds up a belief in the public that nothing of substance is going to be done to them for violating the law.
    Exactly. How many of us know a particular town or stretch of road that is tightly regulated for speed, and we watch our speedometers very closely on that stretch of road? It's not necessarily because we got a ticket there; it's because we sense a real risk of getting that ticket.

    That said, this does raise the question of excessive road rules or supposedly unfair speed limits, which, I think, need to be looked into on a case-by-case basis.
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    Re: Should radar detectors be legal (as in the USA) or illegal (as in Canada)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Phys251 View Post
    Exactly. How many of us know a particular town or stretch of road that is tightly regulated for speed, and we watch our speedometers very closely on that stretch of road? It's not necessarily because we got a ticket there; it's because we sense a real risk of getting that ticket.

    That said, this does raise the question of excessive road rules or supposedly unfair speed limits, which, I think, need to be looked into on a case-by-case basis.
    This is true.
    Knee Jerk Reactions to a tragic incident are the #1 cause of lower than necessary speed limits within towns and cities.
    There are several roads in my area that are two and three lanes wide in each direction but only 35 mph that I don't even bother enforcing speed on because its absolutely unfair.
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    Re: Should radar detectors be legal (as in the USA) or illegal (as in Canada)?

    Canadians can drive?

    WOW!!! - That is news too me.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Caine View Post
    This is true.
    Knee Jerk Reactions to a tragic incident are the #1 cause of lower than necessary speed limits within towns and cities.
    There are several roads in my area that are two and three lanes wide in each direction but only 35 mph that I don't even bother enforcing speed on because its absolutely unfair.
    There was a big wide road like that with a 35mph limit back in my hometown. I don't think I ever saw anyone go below 45 on it. It probably got that way in the manner you suggest. Emotional overreaction causes us to make bad decisions.
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    Re: Should radar detectors be legal (as in the USA) or illegal (as in Canada)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Caine View Post
    This is true.
    Knee Jerk Reactions to a tragic incident are the #1 cause of lower than necessary speed limits within towns and cities.
    There are several roads in my area that are two and three lanes wide in each direction but only 35 mph that I don't even bother enforcing speed on because its absolutely unfair.
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    Re: Should radar detectors be legal (as in the USA) or illegal (as in Canada)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    There was a big wide road like that with a 35mph limit back in my hometown. I don't think I ever saw anyone go below 45 on it. It probably got that way in the manner you suggest. Emotional overreaction causes us to make bad decisions.
    Yeah, this was was reduced when a high school cross country kid was running along the road and went to cross the street without looking and got hit.
    Even at the current 35 the person who hit him wouldn't have been able to stop.
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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 legal.
    Not all posted speed limits are for safety reasons and I should be able to travel at a speed that is comfortable to me, while being safe.
    That's regardless of the posted limit.
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