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As you may know, Virginia is the only state that bans the use and sale of radar detectors. There is no evidence that the radar detector ban increases highway safety. Our nation’s fatality rates have fallen consistently for almost two decades. Virginia’s fatality rate has also fallen, but not any more dramatically than it has nationwide. Research has even shown that radar detector owners have a lower accident rate than motorists who do not own a detector.
Maintaining the ban is not in the best interest of Virginians or visitors to the state. I know and know of people that will not drive in Virginia due to this ban. Unjust enforcement practices are not unheard of, and radar detectors can keep safe motorists from being exploited by abusive speed traps. Likewise, the ban has a negative impact on Virginia’s business community. Electronic distributors lose business to neighboring states and Virginia misses out on valuable sales tax revenue.
Radar detector bans do not work. Research and experience show that radar detector bans do not result in lower accident rates, improved speed-limit compliance or reduce auto insurance expenditures.
• The Virginia radar detector ban is difficult and expensive to enforce. The Virginia ban diverts precious law enforcement resources from more important duties and this ban may be ILLEGAL.
• Radar detectors are legal in the rest of the nation, in all 49 other states. In fact, the first state to test a radar detector ban, Connecticut, repealed the law – it ruled the law was ineffective and unfair. It is time for our Virginia to join the rest of the nation.
• It has never been shown that radar detectors cause accidents or even encourage motorists to drive faster than they would otherwise. The Yankelovich – Clancy – Shulman Radar Detector Study conducted in 1987, showed that radar detector users drove an average of 34% further between accidents (233,933 miles versus 174,554 miles) than non radar detector users. The study also showed that they have much higher seat belt use compliance. If drivers with radar detectors have fewer accidents, it follows that they have reduced insurance costs – it is counterproductive to ban radar detectors.
• In a similar study performed in Great Britain by MORI in 2001 the summary reports that "Users (of radar detectors) appear to travel 50% further between accidents than non-users. In this survey the users interviewed traveling on average 217,353 miles between accidents compared to 143,401 miles between accidents of those non-users randomly drawn from the general public." The MORI study also reported "Three quarters agree, perhaps unsurprisingly, that since purchasing a radar detector they have become more conscious about keeping to the speed limit..." and "Three in five detector users claim to have become a safer driver since purchasing a detector."
• Modern radar detectors play a significant role in preventing accidents and laying the technology foundation for the Safety Warning System; (SWS). Radar detectors with SWS alert motorists to oncoming emergency vehicles, potential road hazards, and unusual traffic conditions. There are more than 10 million radar detectors with SWS in use nationwide. The federal government has earmarked $2.1 million for further study of the SWS over a three-year period of time. The U.S. Department of Transportation is administering grants to state and local governments to purchase the SWS system and study its effectiveness (for example, in the form of SWS transmitters for school buses and emergency vehicles). The drivers of Virginia deserve the right to the important safety benefits that SWS delivers. ***With SWS, Radar Detectors may be able to receive Amber Alerts***
Please sign this petition and help to repeal this ban and give drivers in Virginia the freedom to know if they are under surveillance:
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Last edited by RepealVaRadarDetectorBan; 08-25-2011 at 12:56 AM.
I'm with you on this. We have a hard fight to get this law repealed. We need lots of people to help. The only other state to have banned radar detectors was Connecticut, they repealed their ban in 1992.
LET'S FREE VIRGINIA DRIVERS AND REPEAL THE RADAR DETECTOR BAN !!!!
Last edited by RepealVaRadarDetectorBan; 07-25-2011 at 07:16 PM.
Law should be repealed!
Last edited by Weeth; 07-24-2011 at 12:44 AM.
Law should be appealed, I'm just hope in today's congressional environment where the GOV is trying to add more laws (not appeal any) that can't be enforced w/any effect your efforts don't fall on deaf ears.
GOOD LUCK my friend.
In the past, some Virginia drivers have posted that they LIKE the detector ban in Virginia.
They claim that it results in police using mostly constant-on, since there are few radar detectors in use. Smart drivers can then use stealth radar detectors (STi, Redline, etc) very effectively to get advanced warning of almost all radar use, without having to worry about detection by Spectre. If they DO get busted for using a detector for some reason, the penalties are low and don't generally require confiscation.
It makes sense that a lift in the VA detector ban would encourage widespread use of instant-on.
While stupid laws suck, people should consider this angle so that they don't inadvertently work to shoot themsevles in the foot.
Most Toll Collectors (Police) in Virginia use constant-on radar, they have little need to use instant-on (that's more work). They think that there are few radar detectors in use so they just keep it on and blasting out there.
i think your wrong, they still use instant on, on out of towners coming through Virginia.
Another Group on Facebook fighting to repeal the ban.
End Virginia's Radar Detector Ban | Facebook