I know that I posted and article similar to this a few days ago. I had sent and email to the Rep. that is attempting to pass this legislation. I well let you know what his responce is. This is a different artitlce that was written 1/24. This is a big deal to us in VA for obvios reasons.
January 23, 6:42 PM [replacer_a]Mike Stollenwerk
If one veteran Virginia legislature gets his way, the last state to ban use of radar detectors will repeal its ban too. Delegate Joe May (R - Loudoun & Clarke Counties), Chair of the powerful Joint Committee on Technology and Science in the Virginia House of Delegates has introduced [replacer_a] to repeal Virginia's radar detector ban.
According to the National Motorists Association ([replacer_a]),
"[d]espite the lack of any positive benefits, Virginia is the only state that bans the use of these common devices. In the past three decades, there were over 100 attempts in 33 states to enact similar bans, but only in Virginia and Connecticut did these misguided efforts succeed. Connecticut repealed its ban in 1992, and it is time for Virginia to do the same."
Delegate May believes that radar detectors tend to cause drivers to slow down. In a previous Winchester Star interview May rhetorically asked, "Is your objective to keep people in the speed limit, or is your objective to issue citations?" The NMA has an online petition to support May's bill [replacer_a].
Do radar detectors promote public safety?
Radar detector proponents contend that radar detectors often reduce travel speeds, aid enforcement, and [replacer_a]. In fact the1987 "[replacer_a]" appears to support these claims when it found that the accident rate for radar detector owners was actually 23 percent lower than it was for other motorists.
"Since 1991 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has allowed use of unattended radar transmitters to trigger radar detectors and thereby warn drivers of hazards ranging from highway construction zones to road maintenance. . . . At least two studies have shown that drone transmitters capable of setting off the current generation of radar detectors are effective at slowing traffic in construction zones . . . We believe this technology has much untapped potential. Enhanced transmitters, when they are coupled with `smart' radar detectors, will let the driver differentiate between various types of road hazards."
Gun owners are watching this bill