But representatives of the Virginia State Police, the insurance industry and the Virginia Sheriffs Association spoke against the bill, arguing that it would make the highways more dangerous and drive up insurance rates by increasing the number of car crashes.
State Police Capt. Steve Chumley said a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study showed people are more likely to speed if they have a radar detector.
John Jones, executive director of the sheriff's organization, suggested the ban is a matter of common sense.
I have to contact this (windbag) man, who is absolutely wrong, and let him know. This subject will be covered in my next book anyway, with Virginia justice shown full of hypocrisy. I got a ticket for having a radar detector, not for using it. A trooper hovered around my car looking inside and I had no idea why he was so interested in me. I then learned the actual Virginia law, which makes it illegal to have "access" to a radar detector, it doesn't matter if it's being used or not.
He clearly searched my car to find it. I looked up his ticket history, and it was filled with fines for things such as sleeping, excessive vehicle length, improper tread depth on tires, improper lane change, improper driving, improper braking...and laws I don't understand how to avoid breaking, as I don't know what they all are. I believe he was originally after a black SUV that had sped past me and his checkpoint, not me, but traffic was so heavy that day, he had to pull out in front of people to get out, and nearly caused an accident doing so. I had out of state tags, and he needed somebody I guess, since he lost the speeder in heavy traffic. All I can figure.
Now that I know the actual Virginia law, I'm using my detector more on the interstates. It's very important to know when your under surveillance in hot spots with over eager ticket writers. The detector itself is not actually illegal as the signs say, just being able to use it is. Spectra II and III indicates if one is on if nearby, and records show they've given out several tickets for radar detectors in certain areas with no other infractions involved, so they most likely have later Spectra detectors. Speeding tickets are far more damaging than detector tickets, which don't affect your insurance.
So, if you've been popped, or near a police detector, turn off the detector, if in VA or D.C. If they start to pursue, take down your detector and tuck it away if you think they may hunting their Spectra signal. They are supposed to be obligated to prove your detector has access to power, and was able to detect signals, otherwise, it's not "illegal".
Original point, did I get a radar detector to deliberately and intentionally speed? NO. They do have other purposes. That guy's "common sense" is BS. My first detector was before I had cruise control, I used it to double check my speed when being clocked, because even safe drivers can accidentally or and even need to speed on occasion for safety. I have no speeding tickets in 26 years of driving (20 with a detector), and have never been in an accident. The detectors I've had have helped save me from cops hiding at the bottoms of a hills or in a sudden speed change zone, why we often call them traps.
I wrote complaint letters to every public office in VA, and undoubtedly cost the state more in admin than they ripped me for on that one ticket. I was severely offended because I wasn't speeding, and didn't even know I was doing anything illegal, not having read subsections of the actual law. Also, during my times in Virginia, I'd been a victim of crime more than any place I've ever been, and nothing was ever done in any case on my behalf. And without detectors the Richmond area drivers, who can't own them, still speed like crazy, and road rage is rampant. The state also ranks consistently high in fatal car accidents, and clearly they are not stopping speeders, accidents, or road ragers with this law.
And a side note, which furthered my aggravation, a few miles outside of Richmond VA someone was dropping rocks one night off an interstate overpass and hit my car. I called police, and the dispatcher said it might take as long a twenty minutes for someone to arrive...if I wanted to wait. I had been on the road 7 1/2 hours and was 15 minutes from my destination, and very tired. The overpass was inaccessible from the interstate. I implored the dispatcher to send someone, because this was a serous hazard, that has caused fatal accidents in my home state, TN. They never sent anyone.
Sure enough, when I got in Richmond, I heard on the news that a woman was in critical condition, intensive care, after an object being dropped from the exact same overpass struck her car, causing her to wreck. So forgive me if I find claims of "public safety" in VA as an excuse to do secret surveillance on me. Without a doubt, revenues are their first priority in my experience, and they don't want detectors possibly interfering in their fund raising.