POSTED: 10:38 pm MDT June 3, 2005
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Devices that can help drivers get away with speeding soon will be illegal in Colorado.
Beginning July 1, it will be against the law to use or sell radar-jamming devices. Violators face a $1,000 fine and a year in jail. The law is similar to those in Oklahoma, Utah, California, Minnesota, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
There are two types of devices. One bends a radar's wavelength, making it give no reading or an incorrect reading. The other transmits a signal that overrides an officer's radar receiver.
"I can't think why any person would need one of these, unless they want to break the law," El Paso County Sheriff's Deputy Ray Gerhart said.
He added that without the law, officers had no authority to search a vehicle for the devices.