Thursday, February 11, 2010
The Virginia Legislature has defeated a bill to legalize radar detectors. Lawmakers admitted repealing this law is a bad idea because it would lead to fewer tickets and thus less revenue for the Commonwealth.
"It is tough to acknowledge that traffic violations are what funds part of our localities budgets," said Delegate Jackson Miller(R-50th).
Virginia is the only state that bans the use of common radar detectors according to StoptheBan.com, a website supporting the overturn of radar detector laws. The website is run by the National Association of Motorists. According to the site radar detectors do not have a negative effect on safety, banning detectors is an attack on individual liberty and using radar detectors protects citizens from unfair police tactics.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Seems that Virginia's radar ban that was enacted in the 1970's may be on the way out
On Thursday a bill advanced, with an 11-8 vote in the General Assembly. Virginia is the last state that still bans the use of detectors in vehicles. Many opponets say that allowing radar detectors in vehicles will encourabe drivers to speed up.
Now I don't know how they can possibly go any faster on any road down here. But it sure will give drivers a heads up on getting busted for speeding! At the rate of speed some of these drivers are going I'm not quite sure they'll be able to slow down.
And don't think you're fooling anyone. If an officer sees a radar detector or any part of one in your car he will stop you. And it's quite possible he will ticket you.