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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-28-2007, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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Proposed new law in Florida

from the Tallahassee Democrat

Originally published February 27, 2007
Legislators move to outlaw radar detectors
By Bill Cotterell


TALLAHASSEE -- With the backing of the Florida Highway Patrol, a former sheriff has introduced legislation outlawing radar detectors by motorists.

"Many of the crashes I worked on in my years of law enforcement would not have been as devastating if the driver had not been speeding," said state Sen. Steve Oelrich, R-Cross Creek, a former Alachua County sheriff. "Radar detectors give motorists a false sense of security that they can break the law and get away with it."



Having any "speed-measuring device detectors or jammers" would be a non-criminal, secondary offense - which means police could not stop a driver just for that. But once a motorist is stopped for speeding or some other infraction, an officer seeing a radar detector could write a second ticket.

Violators would face a fine of up to $185, depending on the local fees in the county where you get caught.

FHP Col. Chris Knight said Oelrich's bill "will go a long way in helping make our roads safer."

Oelrich said nine states outlaw use of radar detectors by motorists. His bill will be considered by state lawmakers during the two-month legislative session, which convenes next week.


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Yes - because not having a radar detector keeps me from speeding! F*^*in idiots.
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Perhaps a better option would be limiting engine displacement? or banning FI? HA right...
I guess the problem is that auto manufacturers give too much money, the radar companies... do not.

I'd rather see a crackdown on seatbelt/carseat enforcement for children. That drives me crazy. I once followed an SUV for 30 miles doing 90 mph with two small (under 2) children moving around in the back seat. A phone call FHP took care of that.



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Idiots. Waste of time and money. I would love to see the ratio of people that have been in these accidents that have detectors vs the number that don't have them. Short search revealed nothing and I'm feeling lazy.
Just a guess but the law would be aimed at a small group of drivers and will simply serve as a new form of punishment and revenue.
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we've had that law up here for a few years now...it really sucks
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Clip it to the driver side visor and power it off of your moonroof source. Cops won't even see it.

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Lame. Why dont they just give bigger tickets to those who crash?

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Re: Proposed new law in Florida

Ugh.

I hate this..

I live in Virginia, the ONLY state that ban them..

That stupid Brown sign.. I just want to tear it down...

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Oelrich said nine states outlaw use of radar detectors by motorists
Reading > you.

The way I look at it is if a state wants to ban them go ahead. Of course I also don't use a radar detector. I don't think it iwll make that many people slow down, but I think it will make a few slow down. I do have a friend or two who will do 20-30mph over the speed limit and rely on their radar detector to catch anything to slow down in time. They might not slow down if they couldn't use it, but they probably would at least a little.

I think the bottom line is it isn't going to make many people slow down, but it probably will make a few slow down and it will certainly increase the rate of catching people doing stupid speeding (20+).
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OMG, :shock:, they better not. It is sucks, now i have to practice to remove my radar really quick, but even that every time when i was pulled over i immidiatlly removed my radar and in the glove box or under my or passangers seat. Plus, i have realized that better radar detectors like Valentine, Beltronic STI and x65, and Passport 8500x, with their POP mode on will identify drivers who use radars like Cobra and other brands.

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