We need to get it going!
We need to get it going!
Again, we have the best cops and RD's manufac. in the world!
I am saying, the state of Ohio and one or two others have the best sample.
As usual I do not have much to report. I drive back and forth from Cincy and Columbus often on the weekends. Staties hang out by their base at mile marker 28 with laser. They do sit around the bend around mile marker 30 as well. Staties use the plane around 45-54 mile marker on nice days around Wilmington. I sometimes see them around the outlet malls. Again, it can be tough to get a drive in with it only being two lanes. Laser, K and X band.
Just north of Columbus here, right over the county line in Delaware county.
Since this is the regional area, I have some regional questions.
I've got a 2005 Matrix (pics/specs to come soon, this is my first post). I've purchased an Escort 9500i this week and am getting used to it and its feature set right now. The bad weather is kind of actually helping because I'm forced to go the PSL or below so I can focus on paying attention to the RD without worrying about getting all zippy minded. I've also just purchased a small 25W CB that I'm going to mount in the CD holder compartment (it has a built in 12V plug inside) so that it is essentially hidden unless I open up the compartment (excepting the antenna).
Ok, all legal, no worries. My questions however go over to the "jamming" area.
In theory laser jammers are legal in Ohio. I've never owned one but am considering buying one so I'll get to the reviews section of the forum ASAP. Any recommendations would be appreciated however, keeping in mind functionality AND price.
Legally I'm curious about the laser light diffusing plate cover. I can't locate anything in Ohio law prohibiting these per se, however, I'm not what you'd call an astute legal researcher. Any ideas on if a plate cover like Laser Shield is "legal" insofar as it looks like a standard clear plastic plate cover? Meaning are normal clear plastic plate covers legal here?
I'm also going to place a black bra on the front of my *very* red Matrix. With that I'm wanting to get some smoke headlight covers to cover these horribly huge and amazingly reflective headlights. Also looking for smoke covers for the running lights. Ok, question, ARE THESE LEGAL in Ohio? The thought is to get the covers if legal and coat them with Veil. Additionally there's one chrome Toyota emblem on the front I'm going to remove, blast off the chrome and paint flat black. That would essentially eliminate all reflectivity from the front of the auto (excepting the plate and whatever residual bleeds through the covered/veiled headlights).
So, thoughts on laws regarding this kind of setup from fellow Ohioans? Also, any resources that are easy to search for regular non-lawyer types?
Thanks for reading, and looking forward to participating more in the forum with what appears to be a great crew of guys!
http://www.radardetector.net/viewtopic.php?t=33897Originally Posted by MiddleMike
No easy "best."
I honestly don't know about the letter of the law on this one, but here in Metro-Cleveland and its suburbs, I've yet to see such a law - if there's one on the books - truly enforced.Legally I'm curious about the laser light diffusing plate cover. I can't locate anything in Ohio law prohibiting these per se, however, I'm not what you'd call an astute legal researcher. Any ideas on if a plate cover like Laser Shield is "legal" insofar as it looks like a standard clear plastic plate cover? Meaning are normal clear plastic plate covers legal here?
We do get the occasional township that's very uptight about enforcing things such as front-plate laws - particularly for profiled drivers or profiled vehicles - but so far as I can recall, I've never heard nor seen a case where the plate cover itself was an issue.
Still, I'm no lawyer, and YMMV. Furthermore, I truly don't have any knowledge in this area. ops:
To note, I've had the LaserShield on my car's front plate, now, for over a year and a half. No issues, yet. For the rear, I would be *very* hesitant to use this device, and the following is why:
What I can tell you, though, is that the LaserShield looks far from "clear." Imagine, if you will, a decently fine spray of our infamous road salt/treatment - not enough to obscure the plate, by any means, but enough to make it look "finely pebbled," kinda like looking at a newspaper article through an overlaying sheet of wax-paper - over a typical clear-plastic plate cover.
That's how it will look, and although it is not easily noticeable at 30+ ft. distances, it is clearly visible from closer distances, and with anything more than cursory observation (at highway-speed rates-of-closure, however, I would imagine that the enforcer will not have enough time to visually discern that there is such an overlaying cover).
Thus, from the rear of the vehicle, if you've got an enforcer just sitting, say, off to your flanks or even immediately behind you - if for nothing else than just sitting at a traffic light - he/she's going to notice, easily, that something's not quite Kosher. :wink:
Again, unknown, with respect to legality. ops:I'm also going to place a black bra on the front of my *very* red Matrix. With that I'm wanting to get some smoke headlight covers to cover these horribly huge and amazingly reflective headlights. Also looking for smoke covers for the running lights. Ok, question, ARE THESE LEGAL in Ohio? The thought is to get the covers if legal and coat them with Veil. Additionally there's one chrome Toyota emblem on the front I'm going to remove, blast off the chrome and paint flat black. That would essentially eliminate all reflectivity from the front of the auto (excepting the plate and whatever residual bleeds through the covered/veiled headlights).
Even if fully legal, know that sometimes, things like that can lead to, well, "bothers."
For example, I was recently made aware that there is no rear tail-light "red-by-sight" laws governing my local area. However, I've had friends and acquaintances who were - shown proof - pulled-over and/or cited for such an equipment violation, which, as it turns out, isn't even on the books.
If you're like me, and your primary concern is to simply not even get stopped, then you may wish to reconsider this plan, particularly as the Matrix itself does fit into the "Import Sport Compact" genre, and this, alone, along with any visible modifications, may profile your vehicle in the eyes of certain subsets of law-enforcement.
I apologize I can't be of more help! ops:
Thanks for the answer.
I've checked at a few car parts stores and taken visual observations while driving. From this I discern that license plate covers seem to be everywhere, at least in Columbus, some of them *way* darker than I'd thought would be "allowed" by the law. The guys at the shops I've spoken at yesterday were all "yeah, they're completely legit here", so I'm guessing that the license cover, at least on the front will work out.
Headlight covers are legal here, but it's a toss up on whether or not I'll be able to use them in day to day life. Apparently they suck for night time driving and its recommended that you remove them at night. I'm wondering if instead I can get clear covers and just Veil them, which may be the way to go.
The thought of being a target has occurred to me as well. It's a bright bright cherry red color with black grill/trim (except for the front emblem which is the only piece of chrome on the vehicle) and certainly looks like it's been half pimped out straight from the factory. Certainly that has to draw attention from cops (it does from regular people on the interstate from time to time). Since that's the case from what I can tell I'm not certain that adding (or not) counter measures will draw any *more* attention to me. While it's not "Fast And Furious" per se (I am a 40 year old guy after all, no neon for me thanks), it does look like its ready to rocket. Funny really, the thing has the pickup and torque of a lame mule on valium, you probably can't find a slower production car. But it looks hot, lol.
I have a friend who is a cop, I'll run the question by him of "does my car naturally make you guys get an itchy laser finger" and see what he says.
I go to college right down the road from Valentine Research and I live right down the road from Escort.