Lawmakers focus on anti-radar bill
By CHARLES TOMLINSON
Sen. Gerald Malloy, D-Hartsville, is co-sponsoring a bill that would outlaw devices that interfere with speed detectors in law enforcement vehicles.
Some, however, question whether the instruments can jam a radar.
"It's a measure that is there for protection for law enforcement and for the citizens," Malloy said of the bill.
The legislation, introduced Feb. 8 in the state Senate, is not meant to prohibit radar detectors that alert drivers when police vehicles are nearby, Malloy said.
"The intent of the legislation is that it will ban any devices that will scramble police radar," he said.
Devices that detect radar and laser are legal for use in passenger cars in South Carolina, S.C. Highway Patrol Senior Trooper Sonny Collins said.
The Web site www.radarjammer.com claims the radar- and laser-jamming devices rarely work, if at all. The site's creator, Roy Reyer, lists among his credentials that he is a retired sheriff's lieutenant from Arizona.