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

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

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Manc Skipper View Post
    Personally I reckon the radar detectors are a waste of money, since if you can detect the radar, it's detected you, and you don't have time to slow down.
    Not so. The radar pulse can be picked up siginifantly further away than the range at which the radar can get a relaible reading.

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

    They should be legal. Speeding should remain illegal.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by PzKfW IVe View Post
    Not so. The radar pulse can be picked up siginifantly further away than the range at which the radar can get a relaible reading.
    And this is why the radar isn't activated unless you are clocking a particular vehicle.

    But, don't go by what I say because North Carolina has the strictest and most complete Radar Operator training and operating standards in the Nation.

    So alot of Officers in states that have a piddly 3 hour training class won't/don't/ and aren't expected to operate in the same manner.
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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
    And this is why the radar isn't activated unless you are clocking a particular vehicle.
    OMG! Really! I never knew!!!



    The radar exposes itself whenever it is on; so long as you aren't the only car on the road, there's a good chance the cars in front of you will draw out the radar and let your detector see it. You have to know how to use your detector, see...

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

    Quote Originally Posted by PzKfW IVe View Post
    OMG! Really! I never knew!!!



    The radar exposes itself whenever it is on; so long as you aren't the only car on the road, there's a good chance the cars in front of you will draw out the radar and let your detector see it. You have to know how to use your detector, see...
    The problem with that is the officer runs into a "bunching" problem. If there are TOO many cars, it becomes very difficult to get accurate readings. Usually, if there are too many cars, then they are all traveling at reduced speed anyways so that doesn't really become an issue.

    LIDAR is used for this case because an Officer can pinpoint a specific vehicle instead of shooting out a wide range beam.

    However, if there are a few cars, say 5, and one is obviously traveling faster than the others, when the radar displays the higher speed, the officer can use the higher speed to stop the vehicle that is visually going faster.

    In NC, an officer is required to have a visual speed estimation of the vehicle that they stop using a radar reading.
    And that is what the majority of our 40 hour class consists of, learning to estimate speed visually, and visual estimation testing is a key part of the certification process.
    It is also a key part of the 3 year re-certification process.
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