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DJmuggs
12-25-2007, 12:55 PM
got one for xmas , are they illegal?

4ringAR
12-25-2007, 12:56 PM
as in a radar detector?

yes, as far as I know they are legal in all US states except Virginia and washington DC. Also illegal in Canada. But I think it is legal in NY.

DJmuggs
12-25-2007, 01:16 PM
yeh as in a radar that detects police vehicles

TonyD
12-25-2007, 01:17 PM
Yeah they should all be legal. Laser jammers are ILLEGAL though.

ct1.8t4me
12-25-2007, 01:18 PM
http://www.escortradar.com/radar-detector-faq.htm#q2

I can also post a "How to use Internet" link if you need one. [;)]

salz2135
12-25-2007, 01:24 PM
Yeah they should all be legal. Laser jammers are ILLEGAL though.

this information is just flat wrong.

the legality of both laser jammers and radar/laser detectors differ by state.

badjoke
12-25-2007, 02:12 PM
"Police detector machine" Hahah.

Revolution02
12-25-2007, 02:17 PM
its not a police detector machine. it detects radar. cops use radar to track your speed so it will let you know when a cop is using the radar gun to get your speed. it only gives you seconds to react.

J-jizzle
12-25-2007, 02:39 PM
its not a police detector machine. it detects radar. cops use radar to track your speed so it will let you know when a cop is using the radar gun to get your speed. it only gives you seconds to react.

I get a more time then just seconds...i can pickup radars for long distances on straight roads, and can also pick them up when cops are on the other side of hills and turns.

Blake260
12-25-2007, 02:58 PM
^^^you and me both, but I have a V1, It works extremely well. I find myself looking for the cop for minutes after I slow down, sometimes 4-5 mins on straight roads.

brlukosk
12-25-2007, 05:33 PM
^^ Could be because V1 is the best of the best.

thebikedoctor33
12-25-2007, 05:53 PM
I can also post a "How to use Internet" link if you need one. [;)]

hahahaha thats funny. i'd like to see that. but you'll have to explain how to use it first. haha

AudiA4_20T
12-25-2007, 05:58 PM
I gots me one of them police detector machines... Is I allowed to have it?

manufan
12-25-2007, 06:07 PM
You guys are a riot. Definately NOT legal in Maryland. I unfortunately gots me a speeding ticket, 63 in a 45. Wish I had one of those Poeleece detectors

TMorris
12-25-2007, 07:06 PM
roflsss muggz ftw

ILoveT
12-25-2007, 07:54 PM
Yo I got dis machine for christmast is takes me placez.

http://www.bttf.com/delorean/delorean_sunset.jpg

anonymous6915
12-25-2007, 08:43 PM
by "police detector thingys" do you mean a homing device detector? a friend of mine who works very closely with cops in my area told me that every cop car that is legaly able to give you a ticket has a homing device in it so that if a perp ever steals it, they can track it...also i know a couple of people that have one(which is ILLEGAL) but serves as a very good indicator of a nearby cop...thing has like a couple mile range if you get a good one...dont think ull fiind them in a local store tho...makes street racing kinda easy to get away with...

AudiSport12
12-25-2007, 08:50 PM
I can also post a "How to use Internet" link if you need one. [;)]

Aint dat da truf.

AudiSport12
12-25-2007, 08:57 PM
If you get pulled over doing somewhat near the mph where the ociffer can either give you a warning or a ticket, and the ociffer sees that you have a "police detector machine," a lot of times the cop will say "there is your warning (pointing to the police detector machine) and here is your ticket. At least this is what my ociffer buddies tell me they do. So, if your about to get pulled over and have a window mounted police detector machine, just pull it off and slip it under your seat... (this is what I did haha)

onemoremile
12-26-2007, 07:19 AM
He could also be talking about a scanner. There was one available a few years ago that detected the amplification of the cb radios and could tell how far away police cruisers were. I think it was made by Uniden.

offroader1006
12-26-2007, 07:55 AM
good stuff.

i needed a chuckle this morning.

GramCracker
12-26-2007, 08:46 AM
Is it just me or did DJmuggs just climb out of a random hole in the ground? I havent seen this kid in ages.

agentsmith988
12-26-2007, 08:54 AM
Is it just me or did DJmuggs just climb out of a random hole in the ground? I havent seen this kid in ages.

I don't know, but I love this kid's posts

Militant-Grunt
12-26-2007, 09:46 AM
as in a radar detector?

yes, as far as I know they are legal in all US states except Virginia and washington DC. Also illegal in Canada. But I think it is legal in NY.

Legal is some, Radar jammers are illegal, while radar scanners are mostly legal.

GramCracker
12-26-2007, 11:29 AM
I don't know, but I love this kid's posts

As dumb/annoying/stupid as they are, I gotta admit they make me chuckle and put a smile on my face.

DND
12-26-2007, 02:37 PM
Mostly they are legal, but I don't believe jammers are legal anywhere and they are the only things that have any hope of working.

If you do a little searching you will find some interesting information about which detectors actually work and which don't... one company from Colorado I won't name makes (or at least they used to) a worthless piece of plastic with a couple LED's in it that does practically nothing and sells it for hundreds of dollars claiming it jams radar, it doesn't, it doesn't even do a good job detecting.

Even a really good radar detector is almost worthless if the cops know what they are doing and have modern equipment. They don't turn the gun on when you are a mile away and wait for you to slow down, they hide behind something and tag you when you're only a few dozen feet away. The reading they get is close enough to instant that you probably won't even have time to decrease your speed to get a lower ticket.

Don't even get me started on laser detectors...

salz2135
12-26-2007, 02:41 PM
Mostly they are legal, but I don't believe jammers are legal anywhere and they are the only things that have any hope of working.

If you do a little searching you will find some interesting information about which detectors actually work and which don't... one company from Colorado I won't name makes (or at least they used to) a worthless piece of plastic with a couple LED's in it that does practically nothing and sells it for hundreds of dollars claiming it jams radar, it doesn't, it doesn't even do a good job detecting.

Even a really good radar detector is almost worthless if the cops know what they are doing and have modern equipment. They don't turn the gun on when you are a mile away and wait for you to slow down, they hide behind something and tag you when you're only a few dozen feet away. The reading they get is close enough to instant that you probably won't even have time to decrease your speed to get a lower ticket.

Don't even get me started on laser detectors...

people need to stop posting unresearched trash on the forums. as I stated previously with ZERO hesitation:

whether or not a jammer or detector is legal depends on the state where the devices are being used.

DND
12-26-2007, 02:57 PM
people need to stop posting unresearched trash on the forums. as I stated previously

Whoa buddy calm down, I've done research, enough research to convince myself not to even bother with using a detector myself anymore. If you want to PM me I'll even see if I can still find the info on the "un-named" company for you to verify yourself. I've also got plenty of personal experience with how they really work.


whether or not a jammer or detector is legal depends on the state where the devices are being used

That's what I meant when I said detectors are "mostly legal", there are some states in the US and some provinces in Canada where they are confiscated if you are found with one but to the best of my knowledge most places don't care about detectors. Active jammers (the only ones that work) are an entirely different story. I am not aware of any passive jammers that are anything more than a joke, just marketing BS.

salz2135
12-26-2007, 04:25 PM
if you're implying that "active jammers" are illegal when you state they are "entirely different story" then you're misguiding people on this board.

active, passive, however you want to describe the "jammer" they are legal in oregon where I live as well as numerous other states--as are detectors. are you sure you're not confusing commercial vehicle and passenger vehicle state laws?

Radar detectors can be used legally in all states EXCLUDING:
Virgina
Washington DC

Radar detectors are illegal to use in commercial vehicles over 10,000 lbs. and in most Canadian provinces.

Laser Jammers ILLEGAL in the states of:
Nebraska
Minnesota
Utah
California
Oklahoma
Virginia
Colorado
Illinois
Washington DC.

Squarrl
12-26-2007, 04:49 PM
I dont think any canadian provinces allow radar detectors or jammers

salz2135
12-26-2007, 05:01 PM
can you back that up with anything substantial?

because according to the US Department of State Consular Information Sheet for Canada (last update Dec. 11, 2007):

It is illegal to take automobile radar detectors into Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, the Yukon or the Northwest Territories, regardless of whether they are used or not. Police there may confiscate radar detectors, operational or not, and impose substantial fines.

burns420
12-26-2007, 05:10 PM
I dont think any canadian provinces allow radar detectors or jammers

British Columbia does allow them and you can buy them there, And i think Quebec does or did but im not sure about any others.

SoFresh
12-26-2007, 05:14 PM
I had a radar detector... it sucked, only picked up cops on the city roads... and beeped all the time at grocery stores or gas stations due to the auto-opening doors they had on their buildings... never worked on the highway or freeway... figured it wasnt worth having in my front window...

However, I only hear possitive things about the V1!!!

Squarrl
12-26-2007, 08:57 PM
can you back that up with anything substantial?

because according to the US Department of State Consular Information Sheet for Canada (last update Dec. 11, 2007):

It is illegal to take automobile radar detectors into Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, the Yukon or the Northwest Territories, regardless of whether they are used or not. Police there may confiscate radar detectors, operational or not, and impose substantial fines.

According to Wiki BC, Alberta and Sask allow them. You learn something new everyday. I don't know anyone with one, even from those provinces though.
Also Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut are not Provinces.

Rico750
12-26-2007, 10:03 PM
i love Tennessee :)

devmaster
12-27-2007, 08:53 AM
i love Tennessee :)

ya, no need for car inspections or insurace there eather, right?

DJmuggs
12-27-2007, 10:22 AM
As dumb/annoying/stupid as they are, I gotta admit they make me chuckle and put a smile on my face.

thats why iam here

DND
12-28-2007, 11:07 AM
can you back that up with anything substantial?

because according to the US Department of State Consular Information Sheet for Canada (last update Dec. 11, 2007):

It is illegal to take automobile radar detectors into Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, the Yukon or the Northwest Territories, regardless of whether they are used or not. Police there may confiscate radar detectors, operational or not, and impose substantial fines.

Ya that sounds right, illegal in 3 provinces (and 2 territories) but legal in the other 7 provinces (and maybe 1 territory?).

DND
12-28-2007, 11:10 AM
I had a radar detector... it sucked, only picked up cops on the city roads... and beeped all the time at grocery stores or gas stations due to the auto-opening doors they had on their buildings... never worked on the highway or freeway... figured it wasnt worth having in my front window...

That nicely sums up the capability of most of them.

DND
12-28-2007, 11:40 AM
if you're implying that "active jammers" are illegal when you state they are "entirely different story" then you're misguiding people on this board.

The following is copied from this URL (http://www.radarjammer.com/its-a-felony/fcc-jammer-ban.htm):

FCC Ban
Stiff Penalties for Radar Jammers Users

Banned in 1997
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) banned the sale and use of radar jammers in December of 1997.

At the time an FCC spokesman said "the action sends a clear message to all manufactures that the FCC will strictly enforce its rules to prevent harmful interference to police radar.

If You Are Caught - It's Gonna' Cost Ya'!
This law covers both active and passive radar jammers.

If the FCC finds that you willfully and repeatedly interfere with radio signals by using a radar jammer, you could pay as much as $11,000 for each violation (up to a total of $75,000) and/or you could be sent to jail.

Both manufacturers and jammer owners are culpable.



active, passive, however you want to describe the "jammer" they are legal in oregon where I live as well as numerous other states--as are detectors. are you sure you're not confusing commercial vehicle and passenger vehicle state laws?

No, I'm not confusing commercial vehicle laws nor do I claim to know all the nuances of which states enforce what but the FCC ban does exist.



Radar detectors can be used legally in all states EXCLUDING:
Virgina
Washington DC

I'm not disputing that.


Radar detectors are illegal to use in commercial vehicles over 10,000 lbs. and in most Canadian provinces.

3 out of 10 isn't most but that's not the point in contention.


Laser/Radar Jammers ILLEGAL in the states of:
Nebraska
Minnesota
Utah
California
Oklahoma
Virginia
Colorado
Illinois
Washington DC.

Yes, those are the states that have specifically taken it upon themselves to enforce it.

If you want some interesting reading/viewing go through these sites:
http://www.radarjammer.com/
http://www.radarbusters.com/

salz2135
12-28-2007, 12:32 PM
your link says nothing of LIDAR jammers--which is what people buy.

radar detectors work fine.

audib5a4
12-28-2007, 01:31 PM
wait in tennesse you dont need carinspections or insurance.
what yamean elaborate plz??

maxspeed
12-28-2007, 05:12 PM
RADAR jammers are illegal everywhere, wouldnt someone using one near an air port now would you? dopplers doppler...

Flyboy64
12-28-2007, 05:27 PM
Radar jammers have nothing to do with Doppler Radar and wont effect radar at an airport.

quadaxel
12-28-2007, 08:29 PM
lol djmuggs...funny guy...always makes me laugh

biketsai
12-28-2007, 10:25 PM
I dont think there has been an actual working radar jammer
just ask radar roy! he'll pay you $50,000.00 if you have one

ExpLlclT
12-29-2007, 12:43 PM
doesn't matter they don't work in time anyway... police know you probly have one and don't use the band that shows up on them unless they have already gotten someone else