Originally published February 27, 2007
Lawmaker looks to ban radar detectors
By Bill Cotterell
Florida Capitol bureau Print Email to a friend Subscribe
TALLAHASSEE -- With the backing of the Florida Highway Patrol, a former sheriff has introduced legislation outlawing radar detectors by motorists.
"Many of the crashes I worked on in my years of law enforcement would not have been as devastating if the driver had not been speeding," said state Sen. Steve Oelrich, R-Cross Creek, a former Alachua County sheriff. "Radar detectors give motorists a false sense of security that they can break the law and get away with it."
Having any "speed-measuring device detectors or jammers" would be a non-criminal, secondary offense -- which means police could not stop a driver just for that. But once a motorist is stopped for speeding or some other infraction, an officer seeing a radar detector could write a second ticket.
FHP Col. Chris Knight said Oelrich's bill "will go a long way in helping make our roads safer."
Oelrich said nines outlaw use of radar detectors by motorists. His bill will be considered by state lawmakers during the two-month legislative session, which convenes next week.
The civil penalty could range from $115 to $125, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles said.